Congratulations. Your vision for the digital transformation (DX) of your organization is now an official project which is critical to the future of the business, and quite possibly your career. However, the vast number of moving parts; in a DX initiative presents new levels of complexity. And with it, the potential for exposing your organization to cyber risk.
While it’s important to manage all elements within a DX project correctly, your applications are especially vulnerable to risk. From the moment you embark on your DX journey, you need to put in place strategies to protect your project, customers, and organization.
Get to grips with the fundamentals of a safe DX journey
A failure to get the fundamentals right in your DX initiative from the outset will undermine the success of the entire project – and amplify the impact of any ‘speed bumps’ along the way, to the point of possible derailment.
So what are the fundamental strategies, and why?
1. Protect what you already have. A strong focus on the future state of the business leaves doors ajar for those keen to exploit any sign of neglect. It could be a bot, a drive-by attack, a malicious third party, or a disgruntled employee. Whatever the threat, it’s important to remember DX is an inline business activity, and until it earns its keep, you are still dependent on your existing infrastructure to help the business generate that all-important revenue.
2. Secure anything new. Anything left unsecured, from networks, to endpoint devices and applications of all sizes, can endanger the larger DX project and take your focus off your end goals. DX is unlikely to be the only technology project you have on the go at any one time.
You need to consider how you are going to safeguard the business against new and unexpected risks as your DX initiative progresses.
While the protect and secure approach is logical (although sometimes overlooked), it’s also critical to understand the complexities of ‘what, why, when and how.’ For example:
- Why exactly is DX such a dangerous time for your organisation?
- How can you reduce cyber risk during digital transformation initiatives?
- When is the right time to apply security to a DX initiative (and should you adopt a bolted-on or baked-in approach?)
- How can DevSecOps potentially spread the load of responsibility between your development security resources?
- Why is the traditional approach to fixing vulnerabilities or addressing security breaches no longer good enough?
- What are the key imperatives to unfailingly observe and apply throughout your DX journey, and what are the five principles you should apply?
- How can you enable your security and development teams to focus on digital transformation?
- What are your options when you identify an application security issue?
Just achieving DX is not enough
We believe that aiming to achieve digital transformation alone is simply not an option in today’s cyber threat landscape. Your goal needs to be to enable a SECURE digital transformation, without endangering your organization’s ability to generate revenue, operate smoothly, and support and protect your customers.
Protect and secure is just the beginning.
To help speed you on your way, our Enabling Secure Digital Transformation:Strategies to Secure Your Project, Customers, and Organization whitepaper addresses the ‘what, why, when, and how’ of successfully reducing cyber risk – before and during your DX journey.