Managing cyber security risks remains an uphill battle. Threats keep growing in numbers and sophistication, and most cyber security departments are already overloaded. According to the 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study from the (ISC)2, the size of the global cyber security workforce is 65% below what it needs to be, and there is no prospect of significant improvement. This considerable deficit in the staff impacts the organization’s effort to maintain an acceptable level of security.
Compliance demands drain security resources
Even though complying with requirements issued by various authorities is a normal practice for most companies, spending too much time gathering evidence to report on compliance, actually weakens the effort to protect the organization from emerging threats.
Sure, the measures required by the regulations are often reasonable but compliance also requires an immense amount of effort for documentation and reporting. The organization is often requested to provide information that very soon becomes obsolete due to the ever-changing situation. That is “pseudo-security”, draining the organization’s security resources while it does not increase the level of protection. This can be done smarter.
Fewer people, weaker security
According to 2021 research, the size of the global cyber security workforce is 65% below what it needs to be, and there is no prospect of significant improvement. This considerable deficit in the staff impacts the organization’s effort to maintain an acceptable level of security. Because of this lack of cyber professionals, we have to work smarter. Do more quality work with fewer hands.
You can’t protect what you don’t know
Unfortunately, a lot of security managers do not have an updated or complete rundown of their IT landscape. Apart from being a complex set of systems located in separate interconnected entities, IT infrastructure & IT applications are constantly changing, requiring regular updates. The question is, how many people need to be involved to predict and assess upcoming risks in a constantly changing business and IT environment? Risk management becomes a very difficult task if it is to be performed manually and nearly impossible to maintain afterward.
These profound challenges are not just a problem for the specific organization; they are a societal threat. Cyber security is the front line of the 21st century, and if organizations cannot defend themselves, much more is at stake: Our economy, democracy, and our way of life.
Three ways to free security resources
The common denominators for the above challenges are a deficit of resources and reliable data. To reduce these deficits substantially, you need to work smarter and enable technology to free up time for your teams.
This approach doesn’t require large investments in technology or programs, most organizations already have the necessary tools to do it. One of them is for example ESM platform from ServiceNow®, traditionally used to manage IT services in the organization.
ServiceNow is the ideal platform to orchestrate and automate your security and compliance processes. It allows you to free up time for your security professionals so that they can focus on protection, detection, and response. How would that work? With automation, crowdsourcing, and system utilization.
Would you like to know more about it? We thought so. That’s why we have prepared a webinar with our Devoteam experts – Frederik Borup Helweg-Larsen & Jørgen Papadopoulos, taking place on June 7th. Come and listen to how to apply your resources and strengthen your company’s security with cyber security automation.
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