With the cyber threat landscape complicated by laggard regulatory pressures and cyber complacence, it is time to go back to basics.

According to IDC’s predictions of digital infrastructural change, rising levels of cyberattacks expose the scale of data at risk. Therefore, most C-Suite leaders are expected to have implemented business critical KPIs tied to data availability, recovery and stewardship by 2023.

As cyber threats get increasingly sophisticated, if the world makes little progress in addressing these fundamental issues, hacker efforts will escalate even more, posing significant digital threats to entire countries.

To defend against today’s advanced cyber threats, we must first consider three fundamentals to fortify security: vulnerability management, intrinsic security by design, and the overcoming the cybersecurity talent shortage.

  1. Security by design
    First, re-think how to protect data and systems — it all starts with trusted infrastructure designed from the start to be intrinsically secure.

    Rather than relying on disparate products for each security management capability, organizations can consider working with an end-to-end provider that can integrate security at the design stage with the aim of deploying a single security agent across the entire organization for enhanced infrastructure visibility and ease of control.
  2. Vulnerability management
    Dell’s own research has highlighted a common security gap that can be addressed through an active and regular vulnerability management approach that should go beyond managing internal IT systems (e.g., patching and reconfiguring).

    Instead, effective vulnerability management must involve assessments that organizations depend upon externally as well (e.g., third-party vendors).

    While it takes weeks or even months to patch vulnerabilities, hackers only require hours or days to exploit loopholes. This emphasizes the importance of regular scanning to stay ahead of new threats.

    With 62% of survey respondents in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region unconfident that their existing data protection measures can cope with cyber threats, prevention is better than cure — followed by a plan to recover fast and with data integrity.
  3. Overcoming the cybersecurity talent shortage
    Preemptive cybersecurity measures require a strong line of defense being monitored by trained and experienced teams.

    However, skill shortages exacerbate the risk landscape and impede the implementation of any robust cybersecurity strategy.

    To overcome this, organizations can invest in continual training programs and automated cyber defense solutions to reduce their dependence on labor.

    Enterprises can also consider employing talent with non-traditional security backgrounds such as risk, IT, data analytics or engineering. With focused security training, these individuals can build upon the foundation of their existing roles.

    Investing in cybersecurity training is a strategic priority that will allow organizations to reap benefits in the long run.

By investing time and effort in identifying vulnerabilities, designing their security infrastructure intrinsically, and boosting their cybersecurity talent, organizations can effectively address risks and accelerate innovation.