What is cybersecurity, and can I outside consulting help?

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Security in a digitally enabled business represents the continued availability of the tools and practices used to satisfy customer needs while advancing your ability to maximise business opportunity, meet market demand and continuously advance your ability to perform better.

Having a look at the Allianz Risk Barometer, you can quickly realise that 3 out of the top 4 business risks are related to digital enablement, digital continuity and digital due care/diligence:

For you, this means that cybersecurity needs to be looked at across multiple vectors:

Typical companies are excellent in their area of expertise. They typically lack the internal technical capability or know-how, tooling or capacity to handle the breadth of issues/areas that need to be considered as part of an effective cyber-risk management strategy in an ever-expanding digital landscape and attachable surface area:

This is where you may need to get external help. someone who can help you prepare for and harden your risk assessment methodology across these vectors and operational aspects to include cyber considerations:

  • In the way, you engage
  • In the way you build
  • In the way you distribute
  • In the way you make agreements
  • In the way, you demonstrate due care/due diligence to your customers and partners.
  • In the way you handle incidents (professionally and with tact), minimising impact and negative situations.

They also help you identify what type of cyber insurance you may benefit from as part of your protection program in the modern world., enabling you to focus on what matters and delivers great business impact.

If you want to improve your ability to connect business value and cybersecurity management through a non-technical lens, check out the course I built for Holivia at:

NOTE: Views are my own, based on my observations and experiences. I believe in productive discourse and welcome opportunities to refine my understanding through discussion. Comment in the comments area below or reach out on hi@andremuscat.com



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