Every business wants to achieve cyber-resiliency—the state of having continuous access to mission-critical data while remaining protected and operational amid increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Cyber resiliency starts by embedding a secure mindset across the fabric of the business. That means every employee, partner, and supplier is aware of and adheres to practices that reinforce cyber-resiliency. It also requires your business to manage relationships securely across your business ecosystem and IT infrastructure so that the organization, its partners, and its employees remain safe, engaged, and productive.
Extending Performance with Workforce Multipliers
Workforce multipliers can help pave the way to cyber-resiliency. They are adaptive capabilities that evolve with your business requirements and help you do more with less. In an environment where risk is high, and talent is scarce, these multipliers help extend the performance of your people, process, technology capabilities, and cyber security efforts. Three workforce multipliers are particularly helpful in making businesses more resilient:
1. Managed security services extend skilled resources.
Organizations can hire outside services to manage all or part of their cyber security efforts. Doing so can reduce the costs of technology and reduce the need for hiring or training. Most importantly, it leverages highly skilled resources that are available around the clock, which can be difficult for companies to staff on their own. Using Managed Security Services allows organizations to contract for specific desired outcomes. Fortinet reported in their “2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report” that 80% of breaches they studied were due to skills gaps.
2. Automation extends asset and data protection.
Automated tools can help keep watch over systems. As data and assets continue to grow, humans have a difficult task managing them without an assist from technology. Palo Alto Networks’ Unit42 released a report identifying means of initial access that resulted in a cyber event – they found that nearly one-third of the attacks came through software vulnerabilities. This data point underlines the need for automated patching and attack surface management. Automation tools, for example, can execute tasks faster and without experiencing fatigue like we do. Artificial intelligence can also bring to light bad actors as it finds anomalies much faster than humans can.
3. Employee training extends the application of security knowledge.
When every employee is operating with a secure mindset, they can help prevent bad actors from gaining access to the system or compromising data governance policies. Education is key to the process, and training should be done regularly on likely attack vectors and the pivotal role that employees play in protecting organizational data.
The Benefits of Workforce Multipliers Amid Rapid Change
Applying workforce multipliers can reduce your operational burden by resolving duplication and overlap as it increases the value of your assets over time. How? By allowing you to adapt quickly and remain fully operational as rapidly evolving cyber threats present themselves.
By streamlining and turbocharging the application and execution of your organization’s security principles and practices, workforce multipliers become your security strategy’s superpower. Incorporating workforce multipliers is the only effective way to close the cybersecurity skills gap in the current environment.
Solutions II can help you realize the power of workforce multipliers through our secure framework for change called the Adaptable Data Center® (ADC). The ADC provides a roadmap to secure change that abstracts and simplifies the complexity of IT and security infrastructures while increasing the value of your data and business assets.
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