Is your Cybersecurity future proof?

by Robert Best on October 28, 2019
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It seems we can't go a week without seeing news of a major cyber incident or data breach online. The theft of data is becoming commonplace. It is predicted 33 billion records will be stolen by 2023.

It has now become a case of when not if your business will be the target of a cyber attack. Many businesses are not fully prepared for the scale of this threat. How can you stay ahead of the cybercriminals who are trying to steal your data?

Complex infrastructures

In the past when we had less reliance on technology, networks were less complex so it was possible to build a system that would withstand the simplistic forms of attack.

However, as systems and networks have been more complex your data is no longer hidden away behind secure walls. Instead, it lives on your devices and in the cloud. That is great for accessibility but it means they have become more vulnerable.

This is because businesses are not considering how to build cybersecurity into the design of their networks and infrastructures. That is understandable, most businesses won't have a cybersecurity expert to hand to help with these decisions.

Because of the level of cyber attacks a business will have to face, it is no longer good enough to say "we are secure". You have to look at how you can remain secure at all times. That means designing an infrastructure with scalability so you can remain secure in the future.

Planning long term

For a business to survive in the new environment of cyber threats you must learn to evolve but changing the way you think about cybersecurity and plan long term.

Today your business needs to consider how to safeguard sensitive data, sustain fundamental operations and protect your infrastructure when preparing cybersecurity.

Technology is changing at a staggering speed. We are seeing processor speeds doubling every two years. Your business needs to think about the future and how your infrastructure will withstand threats over the next two years. You need to consider strategic and tactical questions such as;

Strategic

  • How can you ensure your Infrastructure is robust to the challenges of the next 2 years?
  • What investment do you need to make in Cybersecurity skills and resources?
  • How can you scale your Cybersecurity Compliance programme?

Tactical

  • Do you continue to have IT infrastructure onsite, or do you move to Public / Private cloud?
  • What additional skills and resources do you need?
  • Should you out-source our Cybersecurity?

Operational

  • Does Private cloud allow the scalability you need?
  • Who is responsible at Board level for Cybersecurity?
  • Who is responsible for the delivery of a two-year plan for technical infrastructure?

You might find that your business can't answer those questions or don't have the resources to put in place the answers you'd like to give. That is okay because you always have the option to outsource your IT.

Then you can discuss with IT experts how best to build and maintain an infrastructure that protects your business while also not reducing its productivity.

Summary

Cybersecurity threats will continue to increase. There are more cybercriminals and our infrastructures are becoming more complex. Thinking strategically about the technical infrastructure and how this relates to Cybersecurity will be the difference between a company at risk and one that isn't.

As Cyberthreats become more sophisticated we need to upgrade not just the technology but also our thinking.

For help with planning an IT infrastructure that will protect your business in the present and the future talk to us today. Contact us on 01634 52 52 52, email hello@infotech.co.uk or leave us a message here.

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