Of the digital business trends of the moment, few attract the attention or match the ambition of digital transformation. Perhaps this is no great surprise. Unlike many other business trends, digital transformation fulfills its lofty promises; it allows businesses to keep track of consumer trends and leverage data more effectively. It promotes and facilitates virtually unlimited scalability, faster communication, more flexible workforces, and ultimately more profits at the end of the day.
However, the prospect of a digital transformation failure prevents many enterprises from pursuing this exciting prospect. No wonder why, either: a digital transformation failure can seriously impact your business processes, create security vulnerabilities, and cut into your bottom line.
We’ve stated in past articles SIEM may prove the key to your digital transformation success. But we haven’t yet dived into how SIEM can help you avoid a digital transformation failure for your enterprise.
Let’s fix that discrepancy:
SIEM Improves Network Visibility and Data Discovery
Digital transformation and cloud adoption can at times be used interchangeably. Certainly, cloud adoption composes a key part of it. In either case, both can create visibility issues which can create a digital transformation failure.
Enterprises cannot leverage data they don’t know they possess. With so much data flowing into and out of networks, and individual departments siloing different data, simply finding the data can prove challenging. In fact, enterprise decision makers may not realize they collect certain data points or have particular databases.
Obviously, this can disrupt or hamper your business processes. However, it can also create security vulnerabilities by the same logic—you cannot defend what you don’t know exists. Hackers can spend months if not years stealing information and dwelling on your network if you don’t have the visibility to spot their attacks.
Moreover, privacy regulations like GDPR demand you clearly define what data you collect from consumers and why. Failing to recognize and properly store what data enters your network will put you at risk for the heavy fines and reputational damage following a compliance failure.
To prevent this kind of digital transformation failure, a SIEM solution can improve your network visibility and help you avoid compliance failures due to improper data collection. Moreover, SIEM can help you identify the important assets in your business and monitor them via log management and security event correlation.
SIEM is the spotlight you need into your digitally transformed business.
To Avoid a Digital Transformation Failure, Use SIEM as Practice
One of the most taxing and yet most rewarding tasks your enterprise can undertake is deploying a SIEM solution. Far more than other cybersecurity solutions, SIEM deployment requires a greater amount of time, dedication, patience and, revision. Even after deployment, your IT security needs to give your SIEM solution constant monitoring and adjustment.
As a result, cybersecurity experts advise enterprises to take SIEM deployment one step at a time; starting with core areas and databases, you should test how your SIEM adapts to your network and vice versa. Then make the necessary adjustments before branching out to other areas of the IT environment. Moreover, this will allow you to monitor how your employees and company culture responds to the new solution, and identify potential hiccups before they become disruptions.
In this way, SIEM can prove a good testing ground for a digital transformation. You need to devote the same resources and personnel to avoid a digital transformation failure as you do a SIEM transformation. But you can draw on the methods used to deploy SIEM to bring your enterprise into the cloud fully; taking it slowly, considering each new step, and seeing how your processes adapt to the new environment.
Make Security a Consideration in Your Transformed Business Processes
If you’re considering taking your enterprise to the cloud—a more than welcome route for many enterprises—then you have to accept your enterprise will face a new breed of security issues. Gartner predicts by 2022, 80% of cloud breaches will be due to vulnerabilities with the enterprises using the cloud, not with the cloud providers. Enterprises continue to make configuration mistakes which put their digital assets at extreme risk (often due to rushing into the process).
If you don’t prioritize your cybersecurity, and don’t take the time to adapt your security platform to account for your digital transformation, you only invite failure. Next-generation SIEM better protects cloud-based enterprise environments than legacy solutions; without it, you invite hackers to disrupt your processes and steal your assets.
A true digital transformation sheds the outdated components of the past. If you fail to recognize how your own vision must change with it, a digital transformation failure is all but inevitable.
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