The age of digital transformation

The age of digital transformation

We live in very interesting times, we are in the middle of a new digital revolution in which organizations (and humans) become more and more connected with and dependent on digital devices.

Digital technology offers us a wide range of new possibilities ranging from almost common applications such as remote collaboration within the cloud, video conferences, IoT devices, and big data analysis, to more exotic use cases such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Almost every organization will have to deal with some kind of digital transformation at his level to remain relevant. In a new McKinsey Global Survey on digital transformations, more than eight in ten respondents say their organizations have undertaken such efforts in the past five years.

This report contains interesting insights, which also applies to security professionals, on the success factors of digital transformation. Organizations were three times as likely to be successful in their digital transformation whenever:

  1. Management created, communicated, and supported the change management required of the digital transformation. Security projects also require change management so, as a security professional, make sure to proactively involve (senior) management in your security program. In our next blog, we’ll describe how you can proactively start creating a security strategy that is supported by your management or board.
  2. Digital tools made information more easily accessible and created operational efficiencies for end-users. Therefore, you need to make sure that your security strategy does not create a Fort Knox, but rather strikes the right balance between business requirements and security.
  3. The involvement of key employees at all levels of the organization is the third important requirement. This means creating a culture of innovation and awareness, in which employees can challenge the status quo while being adequately aware of potential risks.

Blog Series

This blog is part of a blog series providing guidance towards security professionals that must create a sound security strategy for their organization, as well as to inspire security professionals to take a proactive approach in order to place security on the agenda of top management.

So be sure to keep track of our website!

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