HOW TO: Focus on process and people to meet the security challenges of digital transformation

We are pleased to announce the release of our new whitepaper co-written with CXP GROUP which sets out to explain the ongoing shift caused by digital transformation and why cybersecurity issues should not be suffered as an aftermath. What is distinctive about this white paper is its willingness to address the actual challenges brought about by the inevitable change of paradigm and how to integrate security in the development and deployment cycle from the start. If you think this concerns you (and it probably does!), we invite you to read on.

Digital transformation in a nutshell

With a plethora of articles and information on digital transformation, it is hard to conclude a fresh definition. Digital transformation may look different for every company and there is no common denominator that applies to all. Conventionally, digital transformation is defined as the integration of digital technology into all areas of business resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers. It can cover all changes in the way digital data is created, shared, managed, analyzed, and consumed.

The good, the bad and the ugly

1. The good – digital transformation as an opportunity

As business leader accept to participate in the digital transformation challenge driven by the usual incentives of greater potential for revenue, profit or cost savings, they also come to accept that that it is the only way to remain relevant and successful. Digital technologies help businesses grow and prosper, so business leaders should consider getting on the bandwagon sooner, rather than later.

2. The bad – digital transformation as a challenge

While most business leaders recognize that the time for change is now, the word tends to instil fear and nervousness. The rule ‘change costs money’ remains true today, but one should not forget that costs can actually accumulate when we don’t change.

There are many valid, even compelling reasons why business leaders embrace digital transformation to enhance their business. A digitally transformed business can react more quickly to rapid changes in market conditions. It is also able to use data more effectively for improving time to market and act on customer feedback, as well as improve the efficiency of existing IT infrastructures.

3. The ugly – digital transformation as a threat

In order to accept change, one must understand the associated risks. The greatest risk in digital transformation is the one related to cybersecurity. New digital age APIs are more complex and prone to vulnerabilities, which make serious data breaches possible. Organisations must ensure to secure the new digital architecture, applications and operations that they are building. But renewing the business model and its traditional stability requires more active forms of security. With digital transformation there is a new opportunity to get security right from the outset and create an integrated secure environment, but business leaders need to think differently about the kind of security applications and tools that are required.

New security for the new paradigm

The new business technology paradigm consists increasingly of API-driven web and mobile applications. Traditional perimeters and barriers are breaking down with company resources being made available via web browsers to external partners and customers. Cloud and web applications are increasingly written by or purchased by non-traditional parties such as DevOps teams working in individual lines of businesses and project clusters. We are also seeing the growth of machine-to-machine communications (M2M) which are replacing human input in business transactions. Such automation is being developed behind mobile apps too and both require security to be built in if they are not to pose a data risk to the business.

This whitepaper looks at how to respond to the shift in which digital transformation through API-driven applications can thrive and deliver the rich business advantages it promises.

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