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What business leaders should know about cyber security

Business leaders can no longer solely rely on out of the box cybersecurity solutions like antivirus software and firewalls to detect malware. At the same time, the cost of these products is still falling and there is a potential need for new “higher-level” cybersecurity.

About 60 percent of the enterprises with systems under 60,000 computers are still relying on antivirus software, which requires access to email and other business applications. It is essential that enterprise leaders push beyond this system and create a smart, proactive security strategy.

These efforts should include an intensified focus on developing cyber-physical defense capabilities and methods. It also means developing a strong infosec culture.

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The future of network security is defined by

Digital Security: The shift to the cloud to store and move data has changed the fundamentals of network security. Security managers must therefore develop technology to support a digital domain, including strengthening their digital security activities, such as deploying personal device management and increasing automation of network security operations.

The shift to the cloud to store and move data has changed the fundamentals of network security. Security managers must therefore develop technology to support a digital domain, including strengthening their digital security activities, such as deploying personal device management and increasing automation of network security operations. Physical Security: Understanding and implementing physical security and network architecture plans are essential for organizational success and productivity in today’s digital business environment.

Organizations must make more investments in physical security to protect data, applications and infrastructure (read this helpful post here). Yet the security division has lost its job. Cybersecurity executives must train the rest of the IT security team to be a security team first.

The move from physical security to a digital security agenda does not mean that the security division should stop working in the physical world. However, more of its digital tasks will be performed remotely and still based on physical security knowledge and processes.

Virtualization is not security, but it has the potential to be a great facilitator of a secure digital workplace. By building and managing virtual infrastructures, enterprises can both speed up digital security activities and reduce the exposure of vulnerable network equipment and devices.

Virtualization does not offer perfect security for each network node. To guarantee privacy, it is essential that security managers not rely on virtual machines for data security. It must be supported by physical hardware and software.