How Digitization Impacts Your IT & Cybersecurity Strategy

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Digitization is having a tremendous impact on the world of technology. From cloud adoption to data-driven decision making, it goes far just being able to deploy new solutions. Organizations are now reexamining old business models and searching for ways to renovate, drive business innovation and achieve better outcomes. 

This is no easy task. Secure digitization can be a massive undertaking that requires significant changes to an organization’s culture, processes, and technology.

Why Digital Transformation is a Cybersecurity Challenge

One of the most impactful and challenging aspects of digital transformation is cybersecurity. As digital transformation alters how organizations do business, it also creates new opportunities for cyber attacks. A recent study by Kaspersky Lab found that 49% of businesses worldwide experienced some form of cyber attack in the last year. 

Here are a few key reasons why digitization can be such a challenge from a cybersecurity perspective. 

New Technologies

The first reason is that this transformation can often involve the adoption of new and innovative technologies, which can introduce new risks. 

For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing area of digital transformation. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 20 billion IoT devices in use worldwide. However, these devices often have weak security protections, leaving them vulnerable to attack.

Organizational Changes

Another challenge posed by secure digital transformation is that it can lead to changes in organizational structure and culture. These changes can make it more difficult to manage cybersecurity risk because they can create new points of entry for cyber criminals and increase the chances that sensitive data will be mishandled.

Large Amounts of Data

Finally, digital transformation can generate a large amount of data, which can be both a blessing and a curse from a cybersecurity perspective. On the one hand, this data can be used to improve security by identifying trends and patterns. However, it can also create new opportunities for attackers if it is not properly secured.

How Can You Be Successful in Digital Transformation?

So how can organizations be successful in secure digital transformation?

  • The first step is to have a clear understanding of the business goals of digital transformation. What are you trying to achieve? Once you know that, you can develop a security strategy that aligns with those goals. For example, if you’re looking to adopt cloud technologies as part of your digital transformation, make sure that you choose a provider that offers robust security protections.
  • Another important step is to involve security experts early on in the digital transformation process. They can help you identify and mitigate risks before they become problems.
  • Finally, make sure that you have a plan for how you will secure data generated by digital transformation. This data is often sensitive and can be attractive to cyber criminals. Make sure that you have controls in place to protect it.

How We Can Help

Full Send Networks can help you with all aspects of your digital transformation, from planning to implementation to security. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you successfully navigate a secure digital transformation.