By Anand Jethalia
Over the Last two years, the digital footprint of organisations has experienced a tremendous surge, resulting in data fragmentation and growth across various applications, devices, and locations. This has provided cybercriminals with multiple entry points to infiltrate systems through vulnerabilities in applications and devices. So, how do we navigate the world of hybrid work? The answer lies in adopting a comprehensive security approach. It involves embracing a zero-trust mindset, leading with the cloud, and investing in people.
Zero Trust: A proactive approach
A Zero Trust strategy should be at the forefront of every organisation’s security strategy. Zero Trust is a proactive and integrated approach that relies on intelligence, advanced detection, and real-time threat response. Multi-factor authentication is an example of security measures that align with Zero Trust principles and can help block up to 99.9% of account compromise attacks. In a world where identity is the new battleground, adopting a Zero Trust strategy is no longer an option, but a business imperative.
Elevating cloud security
Multi cloud environments multiply the complexity of securing identities and permissions. Many organisations struggle with visibility and control over these evolving aspects. According to Microsoft
While many organisations consider it too costly to implement enhanced security protocols, security hardening actually saves money
Investing in people
Collaboration is the key to meeting the cybersecurity challenge, demanding a blend of human expertise, processes, and technology
Finally, it is crucial to recognise that security is a team sport. We must come together as a cohesive ecosystem, uniting public and private sectors, policy think tanks, and civil society to navigate the complex digital landscape and ensure the safety of all stakeholders. In this era of hybrid work, robust cybersecurity is not just a choice; it is our shared responsibility to forge a secure and resilient digital future.
The writer is country head – cybersecurity, Microsoft India