Editor, The Shield Juniper Networks
March 12, 2017

5 Internal Cybersecurity Challenges of Digital Cohesion

And the one simple solution you need: SDSN

In an age of rapid technological advancement, business environments are disrupted daily. However, the fundamentals of competitive advantage remain constant: speed to market is paramount, and information is a key asset that must be closely guarded. Information security, or rather network security in today’s context, is therefore indispensable.
“Security professionals need
to be able to quickly
assess the situation”
Yet, despite the improved facilities that digitalisation provides, the cyber landscape has also become progressively sophisticated, and security challenges have concurrently become multifaceted. Across the challenging terrain lies 5 key challenges for cybersecurity:
  1. Cybersecurity Skills Deficiencies – Cybersecurity talent is sorely lacking. 46% of all organisations claim to have a problematic shortage in cybersecurity skills: the biggest skill gap of all types of IT skills across all organizations.
  2. Organisational Silos – As complexity increases, depth of specialisation becomes necessary for enterprise IT staff, leading to organisational silos. The modern data centre, that which requires more specialisation, will isolate processes even more, thus hindering seamless security delivery.
  3. Manual Processes – Instead of relieving the burden of manual labour, IT organisations often end up stacking more processes in the name of status tracking and monitoring. The persistence of manual processes, exacerbated by the lack of resources and skills to automate processes, greatly hampers the efficiency of cybersecurity policies.
  4. Information Visualization – With the myriad of information streaming in, security professionals need to be able to quickly assess the situation, make decisions, and take appropriate actions. Poor data visualisation, where vital information is not properly prioritised or emphasised, critically hinders decision making.
  5. Solution Integration and Macro Policy Definition – Organisations ideally need to control the security posture from a single system that is cohesive and comprehensive. However, legacy IT security solutions each come with its own set of policies and policy manipulation tools. To integrate these solutions at the macro level is painfully difficult.

Download an interactive infographic on the challenges of digital cohesion here.

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