Digital Transformation—what is it?
The description of the Wiki is very straight forward:
“Digital Transformation is the adoption of digital technology to transform services or businesses, through replacing non-digital or manual processes with digital processes or replacing older digital technology with newer digital technology.”
Digital Transformation, in theory, is simple, but it is very complicated
in practise, and it has a specific effect on every organisation.
DT is an increasing business culture that drives individuals, processes
and technologies, similar to how Zero Trust is a security mindset.
The endless papers on DT can be illustrated by a fast internet search: the “three approaches to DT” or “four key pillars of DT” or the “four approaches to DT.”
The evidence is growing that Digital Transformation must be at the heart of business strategies in order for an organisation to succeed in today’s world or at least underlie any decision.
DT RAISES NEW SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES
The introduction of more and more digital technologies and digital processes is at the centre of the transition when an organization is experiencing this change.
Yet the simple term “digital” has considerable and nuanced consequences.
I think of bits and bytes or ones and zeros when I think of digital.
And once data is stored as ones and zeros, bad actors with malicious ones and zeros will target it.
New threats and security issues come with new technologies.
In terms of individuals, method, and technology, it would be appropriate to review DT.
These three factors are significant and can be applied to the rise
of newly introduced digital things” that are a consequence of this business strategy. Both of which will have to be covered.
The more technologies or procedures that are used, the greater the ability for digital attacks to be at risk.
As a result, the adoption of DT and the rise in the number of digital attacks and the sophistication of threat operators are closely associated.
Let’s look in more depth at each of these three aspects.
Train Your People About DT
Training should remain ahead of the curve and to succeed, as with anything new, be it process or technology. And DT is no exception.
When making decisions, companies must constantly ask themselves whether they are assessing through the lens of DT to remain current.
A DT mentality must be adopted by each contributor, recognizing the underlying causes for change and the advantages of making changes while believing change is important.
In addition, safety training is imperative to help workers conform to company policies, efficiently use these new DT technologies and processes, minimize risk and protect sensitive business data.
Poorly trained workers can lead to data breaches.
Incorporate Security Directly into DT Processes
A major part of operationalizing every digital transition is the introduction of new processes. The method encompasses everything that an entity is and does. It includes customer contacts, prospects, manufacturers, contractors, supply chain, etc. It even goes beyond that to all of these things that define a brand and its prestige.
All of these variables and more will help drive creativity, efficacy, enforcement, market pace enhancement, or whatever objectives drive your particular DT strategy.
Many of these emerging processes would become part of business structures and everyday workflows.
To work around security technology limitations, not having to design
a substandard process, but ideally integrating safety directly into the process. Not requiring a substandard process for security technology limitations, but ideally incorporating security directly into the process. A
A secure access solution that is programmable and adaptable to work within the optimal process can accelerate the success of Digital Transformation.
Protect Your DT Technology
All new technologies resulting from a DT trip to companies must be covered and secured. Throughout this evolution, Zero Confidence can provide safe access.
“Last year the “Future-Proof Your Digital Company with Zero Confidence” Forrester report stated:
“Security and risk (S&R) leaders can use their organization’s mandate for digital transformation to escape from legacy networks full of security debt stemming from tradeoffs and competing priorities. Security can take advantage of this migration to build in — rather than bolt on — Zero Trust security architectural principles.”
Omdia, a multinational technology research provider, agrees. It says in a recent document that:
“Think ZTA (Zero Trust Access) for your Digital Transformation” and that “Digital transformation and the move to cloud is on the mind of most enterprises, and if it is on yours, you should study the range of platforms and services available to enable zero-trust access.”
Zero Trust Access (ZTA) or Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) will scale rapidly to secure on-site, cloud, or hybrid environments with newly deployed technology.
It is clear that digital transformation must be part of your overall business plan and long-term objectives in order for companies to have a competitive advantage in today’s world. And with that comes the obligation to protect and safeguard it above all else.
To protect new Digital Transformation processes and technologies, Appgate SDP can be implemented by:
- Making it invisible to attackers
- Providing Least Privileged Access (LPA) identity-centric
- Creating dynamic access to the right tools just-in-time
- Integrating directly with new company processes
Learn more about how Appgate SDP links the right people and devices to the services they need at the right time, under the right circumstances.
Find out why our clients say Appgate SDP is the solution that makes every step of the way safer for their Digital Transformation journey.