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Three Reasons It's Hard to Use Powerful Technology Without Getting Hacked Cerberus Sentinel Blog

AI, IoT Devices, Remote Healthcare Technology, Self-driving Vehicles: Why is it that we keep reading about innovative technologies that drastically impact companies' bottom lines on the one page of tech news, and disastrous cyberattacks that destroyed companies on the next? As we scramble to become more and more efficient, gathering new kinds of data, then putting it to use in ways we never could have dreamed just ten years ago, is the norm. In fact, the more efficiently you can do that and scale your processes, the more likely you are to get fat investors checks or sell a million more widgets per year. You'll pull ahead of the competition almost immediately. Most companies see that carrot and jump right in, assuming that once they have made their millions in new realized profits, they'll invest in state-of-the-art security measures, as well. However, most of them never make it to that point. They find out all too late they've already been compromised, and tremendous damage was done.

So what's the answer? Do we just quit using new technology and powerful data, replacing it with a single server that doesn't connect to the internet? Or do we try to run faster and harder to achieve success earlier, so we can finally invest in security? This seems like it would be a simple puzzle to solve, so why aren't more people doing it well?

The Problems: Why It's Hard To Not Get Hacked

1.  Disruptive Technologies Increase Profits but Introduce More Risk

Often, a veritable minefield lies between you and the data you need to collect and leverage in order to get ahead of the competition, like oil that is too dangerous to extract. Without it, you'll never get a proper foot into the market, yet going after it the way most organizations do is terribly dangerous. The truth is, those who are succeeding have recognized that data is the new oil. They have fought their way through the multitude of technological challenges that have inhibited others from mining its wealth. Cloud-based technologies, Industrial Control Systems, interconnected environments, and IoT devices all promise financial success through access to previously unattainable data, markets, and lines of business. The path to that success, however, runs through a minefield of challenges: complex technologies, market-wide skill shortages, difficulty identifying risks associated with the new technologies and data, and a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

2. Bridging Gaps between Security and IT Can Be Difficult

Some organizations take an in-house approach to addressing these challenges by building their Security, IT, and Compliance teams. This is typically a losing proposition due to the immense and expensive challenge of attracting and retaining the right mix of these rare skills. Most organizations turn to vendors as a more realistic approach to the problem. Organizations toward the smaller and larger end of the size continuum often use a single provider to meet many of their needs - managed service providers (MSPs) for the small and medium-sized business (SMB) space, and technology behemoths like IBM and HP for the large enterprise space. Of those two organizational groups, only the large enterprises are able to truly achieve all of the services they need.

3. Most Organizations Manage Too Many Vendors

Smaller companies that rely upon MSPs as an extension of their teams are typically limited in their ability to meet technology needs outside of core computing, storage, and telephony services. Furthermore, most of those MSPs have little experience in risk management and addressing regulatory obligations. Midmarket organizations are even more challenged in navigating the technology minefield because they are too large and complex for MSPs, but too small to be of interest to the IBMs of the world. These organizations are left to piece together a complex patchwork of vendors and technologies and manage them with under-skilled and understaffed IT and security teams that often jump to higher-paying opportunities just as organizations have gotten them the training they needed to perform their current roles.

The end result is missed opportunity due to wasted time and wasted budgets that are spent cobbling together Cloud, Testing, Security, and Compliance services often with little demonstrable progress and still not addressing key vulnerabilities that leave them open to attacks and losses. With a secure, coordinated technology and services model, growth-minded organizations can pull all the pieces together through security engineered solutions to fuel their initiatives and achieve the elusive data they need to excel.

The Difference: Pulling It All Together

The path to data is accessible to any company, but right now the new and rapidly evolving nature of the technology and regulatory components has created an environment where people with the right combination of skills are so scarce that only the largest, most well-funded companies are able to consistently retain them. The right combination of people with those skills is able to deploy and manage new technologies, manage vendor relationships to fill in skill and capability gaps, and govern risk and compliance according to business and regulatory requirements. That combination is a rarity, particularly in the midmarket space.

There is a need for a new offering one that seamlessly combines secure IT and Cloud services, security testing, monitoring, and response services, and IT governance and compliance services, all comprehensively integrated with the entirety of an organization's IT and security operations through a turnkey GRC platform. That solution could offer the rapid adoption of new technologies and platforms as a path to the elusive data differentiator while providing a governance technology and process for ensuring organization-wide security and compliance. That solution is the TRUE approach to unifying complex processes across multiple teams, vendors, and solutions. Weaving what are often disparate components into a single fabric enables organizations to efficiently identify, implement, and manage, their efforts as a single, fully-integrated IT-compliance-security machine. Effectively, TRUE's forward-thinking approach to helping organizations maximize what they already have, creating a secure technology fabric, is the easy button for organizations to successfully collect and leverage the data and tech disruption vital to their survival in the current marketplace.

The Solution: Mitigating IT-Security Gaps

TRUE understands that Data is the value driver in these emerging industries and has solutions to address the challenges these organizations face in Complex Technologies, Skill Shortages, Unknown Risks, and Regulatory Obligations. To be successful, your organization must ensure IT is designed, implemented, managed and validated to ensure appropriate risk mitigation and compliance adherence. Our integrated suite of solutions comprises:

  • Managed Operations Center - we have global visibility and insight into operational and security functions enabling TRUE to protect, detect, respond and recover quickly and efficiently
  • Risk, Compliance and Governance - TRUE is able to provide validation of controls and processes related to the systems and data it is protecting
  • Security and Risk Consulting - we advise our clients on a variety of information security and risk-related matters
  • Incident Response - we help our client rapidly analyze, contain and remediate incidents to minimize their duration and impact
  • Data Sciences - we provide well-crafted analytic capabilities to help drive production of consumable trends across large data sets

TRUE can help you transform from what may feel like disjointed efforts to having a fully integrated suite of IT, Security, and Governance services that enable your business to succeed by providing an efficient path to the data you need that bypasses the security and technology hurdles that may be standing in the way of your progress.

Learn more about how TRUE is changing the conversation around IT and Security in our upcoming webinar, The Future of TRUE and TrueSpeed.

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