Posts Tagged ‘digital’

No more Department of No

As organisations come to terms with the impact of digital transformation, there have been louder calls for security teams to stop being the Department of No. In general terms, this is a positive trend but there is a danger for security teams as the ‘shift left’  of digital transformation exposes more and more that security teams haven’t been living the much-espoused business enablement or business partnership calls that we’ve heard so often in the past. 

Security teams need to take this as a wake-up call for to rethink what actual value they are delivering and how a change in their approach could increase the value they provide.

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The security opportunity in Digital

Four years ago I discussed some of the characteristics of cyber security that made the use of the term useful, this was at a time when the use of cyber security was widely derided by practitioners of IT security and Information Security. One of the common complaints was that Cyber was just the same things we had already been doing re-branded to seem ‘cool’. As time has moved on the practices of cyber have become clearer, the use of threat intelligence, the development of threat hunting, the increased focused on incident response, the wide deployment of behavioural analytics etc. As is the case early adopters knew they were solving new problems in a new way but the articulation of meaning to the later adopters has needed a body of activity and emerging practices to clarify how cyber security overlaps with but also differs from the other predecessor disciplines IT and Information Security (both of which are still going strong and are still necesary).

Another buzzword appeared soon after cyber and that was Digital. Digital is a customer-focused technology-first approach to business that again looked just like what we were doing before in technology and business activities. Over time practices have emerged, agile development, devops, infrastructure automation, cloud, mobile, social etc that have started defining what the early adopters really meant when they said Digital.

Digital lies in the intersection of velocity, scale and complexity.

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