6 Ways to Mitigate Risk While Expanding Access

The World Economic Forum recently published a list of trends that are likely to shape the future of cybersecurity by 2030. The article names “progress in cybersecurity, but access must be widened” as a top trend.

If these two goals seem contradictory, it’s because they are. Today’s business model requires that systems, people and devices have the ability to access data. But at the same time, that ability can enable a cyberattack that causes significant business disruption.

Many businesses struggle to walk the fine line between allowing access to all who need it while still protecting their systems.

Instead of simply implementing tight security measures and processes, organizations must instead evaluate both their risk and their cybersecurity in terms of how it restricts access.  

Here are six ways to reduce risk while increasing access.

1. Make Cybersecurity a Business Priority at the Top

Often, the stakeholders in cybersecurity not only bring different perspectives, but they also don’t speak the same language.  

By making cybersecurity a shared interest and responsibility, your organization’s leadership becomes equally responsible for it. Additionally, clearly communicating the business value — especially in terms of revenue losses and business disruption — often helps create lightbulb moments for company leaders.

2. Implement a Zero Trust Framework

Organizations continuing to use the traditional approach of protecting their endpoints increase their risk of cyberattacks. With today’s dispersed and remote workforce, this model does not provide both the protection and access needed for how work gets done.

By moving to a zero trust approach, organizations assume that every user, device and application is not authorized until proven otherwise.


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