How to Implement ‘Cybersecurity’ in Your Project from the Beginning?

In the contemporary era of rapid technological advancements, adequate cybersecurity has become a more significant necessity than ever before.

While the technologies including, IoT, AI, and ML, continued to evolve on one side, cyberattacks continued to emerge on the other side.

Cybercrime is continuously on the rise, with virtually all business firms irrespective of size exposed to cybersecurity risks.

According to Accenture’s global survey, cybersecurity breaches have increased by 67% over the past five years.

These staggering cybersecurity statistics have brought ‘Cyber Security’ to the forefront in most organizations.

As inadequate security networks may leave companies vulnerable, tech leaders are integrating security components early in a project.

Having a cybersecurity implementation plan from the start and continuing it throughout the development cycle is an industry best practice.

However, the process is tedious and requires detailed planning before execution.

At this very juncture, we bring you the best ways a tech leader can adopt to address cybersecurity from the start of the tech project.

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Steps to Implement Cybersecurity in Your Technology Project

1) Define Clear Boundaries

Define the information system’s boundaries clearly. Apart from identifying where the data is stored, you must determine where the data flows, as well as the critical dependencies.

With the defined system boundary, the organization should have a clear and well-defined representation of all entities that store or process system data. For instance, getters and setters in software development clearly define the boundaries of data stored or processed by your product.

2) Deter Insider Threats

According to cybersecurity statistics, the majority of cyberattacks occur from within and result from employees who have access to confidential data.

34% of cyberattacks in 2019 originated with internal actors (Source: Verizon)

You have to foster a culture of vigilance in all the employees to keep your company safe.

3) Security Awareness Training

It’s imperative to ensure that every employee understands cybersecurity and its importance in the present perilous world.

Ensure that employees know that cybersecurity is a top priority and understand the comprehensive initiatives and procedures you have in place to protect from cyber threats.

Regularly implement cybersecurity awareness training programs for your employees to understand the concepts of spam, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, and ransomware. Encourage employees to follow the necessary security policies and consider security as a fundamental work consideration.

Global spending on ‘Security Awareness Training’ for employees is expected to attain USD 10 billion by 2027, up from around USD 1 billion in 2014.

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4) Network Segmentation

Network segmentation is an essential and highly effective security measure an organization can implement when building a new product architecture.

Network segmentation involves dividing a more extensive computer network into several small subnetworks that are isolated from each other to improve network security.

When building a new architecture, think of implementing cybersecurity at the beginning. A well-segmented network limits the impact of network intrusions, prevents breaches, reduces their scope, and increases overall data security.

“Although virtually all information tech leaders believe network segmentation is an essential security measure, less than 25% of organizations implement it,” says CIO.

5) Vulnerability Management and Remediation

To stay ahead of the cybercriminals, DevSecOps professionals should enable automatic detection and remediation of vulnerabilities throughout the cycle. They should track the inventory with automated tools to ensure their services and products do not rely on risky code.

“Static code testing still has its place in the development life cycle, but best practice is to move security earlier in the pipeline to ensure code is built for security from the start,” says Paul Lipman, BullGuard CEO.

6) Security and Privacy by Design

‘Security and Privacy by Design Principles’ involve the concept of implementing cybersecurity and privacy into technology solutions both by design and by default.

Implementing these security and privacy principles plays a vital role in developing a secure and compliant program.

7) Review the Latest Cybersecurity Cases

The need for protection and security policies to mitigate cyber threats has become more crucial than ever. Security guidelines and contingency plans have become necessary.

Reviewing the real-world use-cases will help you understand how companies are leveraging cyber products and services to enhance their cyber posture.

Cybersecurity case studies help you in gaining a holistic view of security and know the impact of inadequate protection.

“Illustrating security risk with a real case study will bring the issue to life and make sure it is covered,” says Nelson Cicchitto, Avatier Corporation CEO.

8) Data Mapping

It’s imperative to create a data processing map to assess privacy risks in case of sensitive data. Data mapping makes it easier to point out where to implement security measures.

For useful data mapping, you need to understand the path of data transformation; storage locations involved in a data flow; what kind of data is processed; who is accountable for personal data; and who can access the data.

Then encourage your security team to build security controls for this data.

In Conclusion

Apart from adopting compliant security services from the very beginning of a project and continue to do so throughout the development cycle, organizations should recognize the cyber threats beforehand and stay vigilant to protect themselves from cybercriminals to operate a sustainable business.

Stay Vigilant, Stay Secured!

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