How to fast-track digital transformation without compromising security

COVID-19 changed the world. Businesses that were still thinking about the pros and cons of digital transformation were suddenly faced with a situation where they had to achieve total digitization almost immediately.

According to Gartner, 82% of CEOs were already taking steps to adopt a more digital future. By the end of last year, companies that embraced digitization were able to maintain business continuity and some level of normalcy. 

Others had to start operating in a virtual space, many with ad-hoc solutions to bridge the gaps quickly, just to keep up with the competition. However, rapid digitization without a tried and tested plan can increase enterprise exposure to risk.

So how do businesses fast-track digital transformation without compromising security? Let’s take a look.

Build your digital operations on a foundation of security

The coronavirus led to the largest experiment of a highly adaptable, remote-ready workforce and business agility. In a post-pandemic world, you can expect many workers to continue working from home, avoiding long commutes.

So think about security for the long-term. When you migrate data from legacy on-premise systems to the cloud, for example, encrypt all sensitive data. It’s also essential to adopt enhanced VPN capability and speed to ensure that systems accessing your enterprise infrastructure are also encrypted. 

Move from traditional network monitoring to endpoint monitoring

It’s also vital to evolve from traditional network monitoring protocols to robust endpoint monitoring and zero trust protocols. This approach provides for better control over devices connecting to your corporate environment from multiple locations. 

It’s critical not to ignore security during your digital transformation journey as hackers attack approximately every 39 seconds or 2,244 times a day, every day.

This reaffirms the fact that companies can’t afford to take a static approach to security. With the average cost of a data breach rising over $3.92 million, it could quickly spell bankruptcy for small and medium-sized businesses.

Making online/offline security training a business priority

Whether you’re working from home or back on-premise, make education a business priority. Security-focused education and training is the key to minimizing human error and mitigating risk. 

So whether your workforce is back in the building or working remotely, it’s vital to engage in regular security workshops. These sessions are designed to address current security threats, best practices, and real-world simulations and exercise. 

This approach also creates opportunities to learn from each other and grow. What’s more, it helps create an environment where your employees are on high alert in the current threat landscape.

Take an agile approach to internal processes and strategies

To make the most of digital transformation initiatives, focus on making your business and processes highly flexible and agile. This approach will help you quickly adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

For example, to adapt to the evolving needs of the market and customer experience objectives, your internal processes need to be built on a foundation of agility. 

When your processes, strategies, and infrastructure are highly adaptable, your teams can focus on their objectives rather than discrete tasks. They are also better placed to make decisions and iterate much faster.

Partner with an established cloud security services provider

When companies want to fast-track their digital transformation journey, they need all the help they can get. In this scenario, it always helps to partner with an established cloud security services provider who is equipped with the necessary experience and foresight.

At Artmotion, for example, we take a security-first approach to digital transformation. So when we help clients move away from legacy on-premise systems to the cloud, we ensure that all valuable enterprise data is secured with robust military-grade encryption.

Engaging a third-party provider can also address the tech talent shortage effectively. This approach allows for rapid digital transformation while mitigating your exposure to risk.

Key takeaways:

  • Take a security-first approach to enterprise operations
  • Incorporate endpoint security and real-time monitoring
  • Engage in regular security training workshops
  • Leverage enhanced agility and adaptability
  • Partner with an established cloud security provider

To learn about how your company can securely fast-track its digital transformation journey, request a call back now.



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