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Cybersecurity solutions in the digital age

The need for Cybersecurity solutions in the age of digital transformation 

It is fair to say that we are living in a hyper-digital world. We are surrounded by gadgets that are all interlinked with each other and we are finding ourselves getting more and more reliant on these devices with each passing day. Yes, there have been enormous benefits for all of us from this technological revolution, however, there are clear drawbacks that comes attached to it as well. Anything related to the security of our sensitive, private data is under stress in the current hyperconnected digital space.

This includes not just our personal or identifiable information, but other crucial data such as our financial data, health information, intellectual property and so on. 

Protecting all this and much more, cybersecurity is undoubtedly becoming an indispensable tool for all. 

The data security challenges that we are facing

Substantial breaches and theft of data are becoming increasingly commonplace, not just for corporate entities, who are heavily incentivized to protect their data, but also to ordinary individuals, who do not have the proper information or awareness about the numerous cyber threats they face.

This is due to the simple fact that regardless of whether you are an individual, a small business entity, or a large-scale corporation, you are most likely depend heavily on computer systems or smartphones for your day-to-day operations. Combine this eventuality with the increasing use of cloud-based storage and an over-reliance on the Internet for pretty much everything, and we have got ourselves a problem.

Another important factor contributing to the rise of information theft has been the monetization of consumer data. Many social media platforms are making millions, not just through advertising revenue, but also by selling your information to businesses and companies. This has made user’s information incredibly expensive, enticing cybercriminals to illegally access the private information of individuals. Businesses maintaining a database of their clientele are also experiencing a substantial rise in data breaches and information theft. 

Apart from users and business enterprises, even government bodies are also struggling to avert hacking efforts and cyber attacks being undertaken by bad-faith actors, who are using increasingly sophisticated methods to maliciously affect target’s system and network, stealing, tampering, and even destroying important data and information.

Conventional Cybersecurity solutions are insufficient

Older, simplistic methods such as firewalls and antivirus software are proving insufficient in curbing the scope and effectiveness of modern cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity professionals are finding their hands full with the overwhelming complexity that their jobs are entailing. There is a need to educate the general public about the growing concerns of cybercrimes so that instead of completely relying on outdated security measures, they become more diligent and therefore safeguard themselves against complicated cyber threats such as ransomware, phishing, and other malware crafted to extract intellectual property and other such sensitive information.

The price of undermining cybersecurity is steep

The absence of proper attention towards maintaining a steady cybersecurity infrastructure could land you and your business into extreme trouble. Pinching pennies when it comes to applying cybersecurity solutions, can lead you to pay a much bigger price, later on. The costs are not just on the monetary terms, you are at risk of compromising brand reputation, along with facing legal repercussions, including penalties and fines.

It can be deduced from the above that underestimating the role of cybersecurity in today’s environment could be extremely detrimental. Hence, prudence dictates that essential cybersecurity measures are to be taken irrespective of how important you think your data is.

Matt is a global CISO with 20+ Years of Directing International Security Programmes for Multi-Billion Pound Organisations. With a passion for security and a cybersecurity evangelist.

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