Being hacked can have a major impact on your brand and business. Access to funds, customer and employee data, competitive plans, patented designs and intellectual property including R&D, has never been spread across so many devices, networks and geographies. Some of the following considerations complicate defence.
- New applications, products, systems, processes and installations can provide competitive edge and productivity gains
- However, any new or changed element is also prone to unforeseen security vulnerabilities that open it and any of the company data, identities and people connected to it, to criminal hackers or organised criminals
- Your IT staff build systems and develop new applications and have many concerns including integration, usability etc. Security is not their only concern they spend most of their time building and creating things for you, not looking for vulnerabilities
- As digital capabilities increasingly become the ‘glue’ that bonds a sophisticated distributed enterprise together, downtime is very costly and untenable
- Hackers are increasingly sophisticated and determined and can be well-funded too
The battle between spend-to-enable and spend-to-protect is constant.