From thermostats and voice assistants to fitness trackers and toys, smart and internet-connected gadgets are now found in nearly every room of most homes. It’s tempting to try and save money on these devices by capitalizing on less expensive secondhand products sold by third-parties like eBay, Craigslist and even friends or family. But, you may want to think twice before doing this.
Automated. Adaptive. Simplified. Isn’t that what a cybersecurity solution should be? We know that the number one priority for security teams today is detecting and stopping advanced attacks before they cause major damage. Bad actors are operating with increased organizational efficiency and a seemingly bottomless pit of financial backing, not to mention they are constantly turning up the level of technological innovation they use to carry out their exploits.
Software subscription and technical support procurement processes can be incredibly challenging for enterprises. Identifying specific software and services needed, projecting the number and types of licenses needed, maintaining inventory of services procured, including potential service expiration dates, and evaluating the impact of expired licenses on business continuity all contribute to the complex procurement process. On top of that, security services introduce a new set of compliance and risk considerations if enterprises are not able to scale their security.
Commerce is built on the concept of the value chain. The notion that you can take something of relatively little worth and, through various processes, increase its value is fundamental to a sustainable global economy. And, in the early part of the 21st century, it is “data” that gives rise to perhaps the most significant contemporary value chain of all.
While the topic of cybersecurity has been at the forefront of the news cycle in recent months, the discussion has mainly focused on the federal government. But while interests of national security have great merit, we must not forget that cybersecurity has many layers. The systems we depend on for electricity, water, healthcare, transportation, finance and more, operate on connected systems that can become targets just as much as an email server or government network. A single devastating attack on our critical infrastructure can place all of these critical resources at risk.