Today, a disconnect exists between management and IT departments that exacerbate the multi-billion dollar losses and cybersecurity expenses in which businesses incur every year. This misalignment stems from a traditional siloed approach to cybersecurity: Management orchestrates the daily operations of the company while the security team focuses on cyberthreats. This results in what RSA calls a “gap of grief,” which impairs an organization’s ability to mitigate and defend from threats. RSA outlines several key steps to bridge this gap by transforming a disconnected approach into a business-driven security™ strategy.
Business-driven security™ has the goal of adding context to cybersecurity. When a data breach happens, business leaders are less interested in the technical aspects of the attack; they want to understand the exposure and damage in business terms. When an organization successfully bridges the gap of grief, the two formerly independent units work on the same page and with a mutual perspective.
Organizations must consider four goals when developing this strategy:
Security teams must fully understand what the normal operations of the business look like in order to truly comprehend anomalies, and management has to understand security risks so that they can avoid introducing practices that render an organization vulnerable to cyberattacks. Transform to a business-driven security™ strategy using these six steps:
Cyberthreats are devastating. Billions are spent globally to stave off security relentless attacks, but unless business and security come together and align their strategies, these threats will continue to exist and disrupt the operations of enterprises. Read more about business-driven security™ strategies in RSA’s in-depth white paper and infographic and learn how businesses can bridge the gap of grief.