Digital transformation is taking over many industries — transforming the way previously analog, brick-and-mortar organizations operate. As this transformation matures across various parts of organizations, cybersecurity is often left behind. This creates serious cybersecurity gaps, as suddenly the technologies and architecture isn’t equipped to work with the new, digital-focused systems. Not to mention that hacks are sophisticating and evolving rapidly.
What Is Digital Transformation?
The digital transformation is exactly what it sounds like, it’s the shift from a mostly analog environment to one that relies on software, iOT, and cloud-based operations. The brick-and-mortar is swapped out for wifi-enabled devices, and the physical perimeter becomes obsolete as work is conducted from devices across the globe.
To be more specific, the manufacturing industry offers a great example of the digital transformation. Previously, factories were brick-and-mortar factories with every employee, or user, on site to run operations. With the rise of new technology, software, and the shifting world with the COVID-19 pandemic, factories look completely different. Employees are logging in remotely, third-parties are running operational software, and a software update in China can affect a factory’s output in the Midwest.
What Does The Digital Transformation Lifecycle Look Like?
The lifecycle is complicated, with many moving parts. For most organizations, digital transformation can take anywhere from a minimum of 5 years to upwards of 20. But in reality, lifecycles are also meant to be an iterative process of continuous learning, adaptation and improvement. Cycling through one round of digital transformation might take only 5 years, but with how quickly technology is advancing the likelihood you have to start the process over again with new tech creating new opportunities is very high.
Why does this matter from a security perspective?
Looking at this new digital ecosystem from a security perspective, this advancement brings in exponential layers of risk. Adoption of new technologies, increased vendor access to critical networks and data, and increased digitization across critical operational systems all compound into a dramatic increase in attack vectors. According to Ponemon’s Digital Transformation and Cyber Risk report, 82% of IT security and C-level respondents said they experienced at least one data breach because of digital transformation.
In addition, OT and other aspects of an organization are digitizing far faster than internal cybersecurity, widening an already large gap.
Learn How To Address The Cybersecurity Gap At Our Webinar
Our upcoming webinar at 12 p.m. June 21 will address the digital transformation, and help you organization understand how to update cybersecurity along with operations, and why doing so is critical for a safe future.