7 Protection Practices in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation: despite the potential risk in its adoption, backing out is simply not an option in today's modern business market. 

As companies embrace digital innovation, and moreover, include automation of their operations, the potential for a cyber attack increases. 

First and foremost, leaders who want to remain competitive need to understand and implement a variety of new concepts when embracing digital innovation

This applies from the development of web applications, to the use of digital tools to get and keep customers. 

As companies embrace digital innovation as well as automation of their operations, the potential for a cyber attack increases. 

In addition, keeping the growing workspace safe means that there are many decisions to be made when working toward digital maturity.

Cybercriminals expect companies to think about the advantage of digitization rather than security. They watch to exploit possible security holes caused by the implementation of new technologies.

Dealing with Cyberthreats

Dealing with cyber threats in Digital Transformation. Cyber risks are present in any new digital transformation project, whether it's an application, cloud service, or infrastructure

No doubt this has left organizations vulnerable when they are struggling with all the problems that inevitably arise when making changes to their digital environment. 

This is especially dangerous, since when security is left in the background, it consequently leaves networks open to new threat vectors.

As a result, it can still lead to the introduction of malware into the network, stolen data, and compromised systems with damage to digital reputation.

You need to develop a security strategy that covers new environments, applications, and devices from the beginning. Postponing security can increase the risk of cyberattacks. That's why we've outlined 7 practices to secure your digital transformation efforts.

Prioritize security in the cloud

First, cloud providers protect only the underlying architecture of a cloud environment, not the data itself. An organization's responsibility lies in protecting the data and applications that are moved to the cloud, along with any virtual infrastructure they build there. 

Cloud security is complicated, so it is important to choose a reliable provider. You also need to link core, branch, and mobile security with a single console for greater visibility and control.

Use zero-trust access protocols

Many data breaches are caused by unauthorized access, so zero trust and access control is key.

To further secure these network environments, it is recommended that security teams should also introduce two-factor authentication. Implement dynamic network segmentation to limit who sees what, as well as carefully monitoring the devices.

Stay up-to-date on privacy laws

Harsh sanctions await those who violate the strict data protection regulations (GDPR). 

With new privacy laws, it can be easy to slip up. Organizations should look for security tools that offer guidance on remaining compliant in the midst of digital transformation. 

Monitor Web Presence

Cyberattacks on weak sites require security teams to strengthen protection: SaaS, firewalls, CASB, and mobile device security tools. Organizations should also choose only solutions designed to work as an integrated system for seamless and uniform security coverage.

Protect your applications 

Programmers who create applications for enterprises do not prioritize security, especially third-party applications installed on private devices.Organizations should use endpoint security tools for applications and use security tools during internal development.

Organizations should use endpoint security tools for applications and use security tools during internal development.

Let's not forget to include container-based solutions designed for agile development strategies and DevOps teams.

Strengthen Wireless Connections

It is no secret that secure wireless access points play a critical role in modern organizations. 

Cybercriminals are aware of this trust, which means that security teams must take a proactive approach to securing their wireless connections. This can be achieved by running wireless traffic through a next-generation firewall.

Extend security to remote locations

Organizations must take care of both connectivity between remote sites and the protection and management of the local branch LAN. Without local IT, a comprehensive solution is needed for traditional and IoT devices. In these cases a solution such as SD-Branch.


Digital transformation: critical priority. Organizations, employees and customers are vulnerable to cyber risks without security. Invest in security from the start and enjoy the digital age safely.

This is a summary of an article written for Security Week by Fortinet CMO and EVP, Products, John Maddison. The entire article can be accessed here.


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