What can digital businesses do to protect all workflow stages?

Published on
12/12/2019 01:49 PM

Today, threats to digital businesses are evolving at an alarming rate as cyberattackers become increasingly sophisticated. As a result, it is integral that enterprises implement a comprehensive security solution in order to protect all workflow stages. However, it is first necessary to assess the current risks digital businesses face. In order to do so, G Data Software has released a whitepaper offering a comprehensive overview of the risk types to consider.

Assessing the risks digital businesses face

In order to create an overview of the risks digital businesses face, there are various types of risk categorisation to consider. Depending on the company and infrastructure size, a standardised framework can formalise the process. Intention, asset, and impact-based approaches can recognise risks and thus initiate the development of suitable solutions. Indeed, not every incident is the result of deliberate planning by an adversary. Categorising risks by assessing intention is particularly advantageous as it directs attention to IT infrastructure threats that a user may otherwise overlook. However, enterprises can also analyse risk at the asset level. For digital businesses, every process involves one or more types of assets, including hardware, software, data, and personnel. By breaking each of these categories into subcategories that represent risks, enterprises can assess the impact of potential scenarios.

Choosing a layered security solution

As risk analyses indicate, there are a multitude of possible scenarios and risk types. Despite the complexity of these threats, traditional security software merely addresses specific threats — rather than tackling a wide range of possible risks. In order to ensure employee productivity and guarantee infrastructure availability, solutions must cover a variety of potential threats. Rather than using a single type of protection, modern solutions need to "consist of multiple modules that cooperate to offer so-called Layered Security." In effect, the Layered Security model "supplements traditional security components" with technologies that address many risk types. First of all, the concept provides security on both the sever and endpoint level. However, a layered solution also guarantees availability, performance, productivity, data security and confidentiality. Finally, the model offers services that "complement every layer", from endpoint security to reporting and IT audits.

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