The pandemic has forced many businesses to reconsider the pace at which they are accelerating their digital transformation journeys. Many enterprises were not prepared for the overnight change to remote working, so over the past year, they have found themselves rapidly updating their cloud-native infrastructures to ensure that they thrive in the “new normal” for their business environment. Over this time, security has become a key focus as the decentralisation of employees is naturally followed by the decentralisation of security.
However, the businesses which have embraced and adapted to these new demands on security will have also found it to be an enabler rather than just an obstacle to innovation. This is where the evolution of the CISO becomes important. Now a key leader in the digital transformation process, the CISO must fully embrace new technologies such as easy-to-use cloud-native technologies, while revamping security practices to protect the “new normal” for IT.
The need for speed
Digital transformation is not a new trend, but the past year has rapidly accelerated the process for businesses across all sectors of society. Broadly speaking, digital transformation involves the gradual but necessary updates to processes to create a digital-first customer experience, reduce reliance on paper and pen processes and instead make software and applications central to the running of businesses. Applications such as mobile banking and online document storage are examples of this.
These processes served as a good foundation for the overnight changes that were required when the current pandemic first caused major facets of everyday life to move online. With increased user demand and expectations for quality of service, IT was under pressure to not just move businesses online but to do so quickly and efficiently.
One core element of the solution to this problem is cloud-native technology. To cope with the demand and the essential need