Cybersecurity

Four cybersecurity questions to ask during digital transformation process

Cybersecurity is a major concern during digital transformation and companies should be asking plenty of questions about how prepared everyone is.
By Eric Kimberling February 17, 2019
Courtesy: CFE Media

Cybersecurity is a hot topic for many companies. However, most don’t consider their digital transformations may be creating a cybersecurity threat. After all, if large companies with world-class resources at their disposal experience such breaches, what does that mean for smaller, less mature organizations?

It’s a question on a lot of people’s minds. However, not enough organizations are well-versed or mature in their ability to ensure their digital transformations don’t end up increasing cybersecurity threats.

As you embark on a digital transformation, consider these four questions related to cybersecurity.

1. How secure is your third-party integration?

Your company’s core systems and data is exposed to potential cybersecurity threats each time you integrate with a third-party system. Even if the back-office system is completely locked down, it doesn’t mean this security necessarily extends to other systems you might integrate with. It is important to have a complete view of where data and security breaches could occur across multiple systems.

2. How secure is your cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider?

Since cloud ERP is reaching the tipping point of adoption, more people are becoming concerned with cyberattacks on hosting providers. It is important to fully assess your cloud provider’s security capabilities and standards to ensure data is not exposed to potential threats.

3. Are your employees well-versed on threats and risks related to cybersecurity?

Unfortunately, even the most sophisticated ERP system won’t solve your cybersecurity threats. After all, internal employees are the most common culprits of cybersecurity threats. Creating awareness, education, and training for your employees to ensure they are focused on protecting your company’s cybersecurity and data assets is crucial. Cybersecurity should have its own organizational change management strategy and plan.

4. Have you adequately addressed security roles and profiles in your digital transformation?

It is also important to ensure you have carefully vetted security and access profiles for each of your employees. In addition to ensuring you have addressed required internal controls and regulatory requirements, you also need to make sure you are not unintentionally creating opportunities for your employees to compromise your cybersecurity. Information technology (IT), internal control, and risk management teams should be involved in defining employees’ security profiles.

How to mitigate cybersecurity threats

Strategies include cybersecurity awareness training, aggressively trying to expose potential breaches as part of your overall testing and deployment plans and creating a cybersecurity center of excellence.

Eric Kimberling, CEO and founder, Third Stage Consulting Group, a CFE Media content partner. This article originally appeared on Third Stage Consulting’s blog.

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Eric Kimberling
Author Bio: Eric Kimberling is the CEO and founder of Third Stage Consulting Group.