As networks are evolving and expanding rapidly, most organizations face the challenge of security sprawl. However, security resources are too limited. The threat of cybersecurity continues to surge in intensity and implementing effective measures is challenging owing to the proliferation of devices. A successful approach involves multiple protection layers that spread across data, programs, networks, or computers.

External aspects and security-specific threats have been converging, impacting the overall risk and security landscape. As IT strategies become well-aligned with business goals, paramount importance is being placed on security and risk management capabilities. This mainly for effective presentation of security matters to business decision-makers. 

The Focus on Proactive Rather Than Reactive Approach to Cybersecurity

As technology grows increasingly sophisticated, so do hackers, constantly working on new software & threats. Hackers are using valid connections and credentials to render businesses detecting threats substantially more difficult. As the dependency on connected devices continues to grow, the focus of enterprises on developing a sound security strategy is getting stronger to prevent malicious attacks on their data.

According to Gartner, nearly 50% of the security operations centers (SOCs) worldwide will embrace modern approaches, with integrated threat hunting, threat intelligence, incident response capabilities. It is fundamentally important that security and risk management (SRM) leaders outsource or build a SOC that features threat intelligence, automates response, and consolidates security alerts.

For addressing the already blacklisted threats – predictable and encountered previously – the reactive security strategy can be enough. However, the reactive strategy can enhance exposure to cyberattacks, with expanding threat vectors, zero-day vulnerabilities & exploits, emerging attack strategies, and sophisticated cybercriminal communities. This has further led the shift from a reactive to a more proactive approach.

Key Points to be Considered

  • Proactive cybersecurity must be in place for organizations to identify & mitigate threats.
  • Dark web monitoring solutions and managed security packages can help to proactively monitor threats and compromised user credentials for early prevention of an attack.
  • Leveraging artificial and human intelligence will help organizations to find vulnerabilities and exposed credentials.
  • The cost related to paid-for prevention tools for a reassuring digital safety is reasonable, compared to cost to resolve a business hack.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

There is an urging need for business to have a recovery plan in the event of downtime or disaster, along with being proactive in their cybersecurity approach. While big companies dominate the headlines in case of such attacks, the SMEs have been experiencing the worst owing to aspects such as non-prioritized investments and the human element.

IT continuity has been the bread & butter of most businesses and the status quo will prevail in the foreseeable future. Organizations must ensure that they possess a business continuity and backup plan to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. Cybersecurity solutions must include an exhaustive set of capabilities for continuous protection, detection, and response to cyberattacks in real-time. 

Getting out of the loop of reactive cybersecurity will need organizations to reimagine their security as well as networking strategies. It is imperative to anticipate attacks by deploying behavioral analytics tools, leveraging real-time threat intelligence, and implementing zero-trust strategies. A proactive approach to cybersecurity will help enterprises disrupt criminal behavior, preempt criminal intent, and mitigate any risk of cyberattacks.

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