We address the challenging concerns regarding how to integrate security throughout your digital transformation in our Security Leaders Survival Guide.

With issues or requirements for data compatibility, sovereignty, robustness, and of course security all playing a role, digital transformations may be challenging exercises.

Organizations will frequently work with Google Cloud’s Cybersecurity Action Team to assist make these connections and manage these risks. Transformation can be essential for building a secure, resilient company in heavily regulated industries like financial services, but it can also be plagued with unforeseen difficulties.

In our recent blog, we identified a number of frequently awkward questions that CISOs and boardrooms should be posing to one another and their security departments. Today, we’ll address some of the most fundamental responses to these queries and demonstrate how to change perspectives in order to benefit from cloud-first technology while also achieving security goals.

Stern responses to stern inquiries

Begin by stating the "why" of your company.

Always link the security goals of your transformation back to business objectives and rank them according to how important they are to the firm. When developing a banking app, for instance, think about whether it needs to have a number of enumerated, particular security measures since you need to be able to move money in order to process customers' payments.

Not security needs, but security objectives

How do you change your security approach from focusing how the organization can stop harmful code from being used in production to depending on outdated technology that wasn't all that successful in the first place?

Focus on observability with purpose

Monitoring more information than was traditionally accessible on-premises is one of the most important security measures that firms may implement while utilizing the cloud. These controls, which range from infrastructure telemetry to full-packet captures, are nearly always too expensive and difficult to implement for on-premises implementations. They provide helpful transparency to security procedures in the cloud, free from the administrative burden of managing hardware and storage systems.

Connect to your partners and chat with them.

Do not forget to involve your partners frequently and early. To bring in partners like the operational risk and audit teams, start with the business rationale for the transformation. Together with your business stakeholders, they are essential in ensuring that security measures are in place and that their efficacy can be demonstrated to internal and external partners, including your board and regulators.

Keep it simple

Start by focusing on simple, high-volume instances and keep asking yourself questions as you go. For instance, decide how to provide users and the company access as well as how to deploy code to the new cloud environment.

Identify the right metrics

Make a plan for how you'll keep track of your progress and evaluate your performance. In a recent blog post, Phil Venables, vice-president and chief information security officer for Google Cloud, emphasized the need for fewer, more basic security measures that can produce more significant results and provided ten metrics to think about concentrating on.

Whenever and wherever you can, automate

Remember that any step in the operations process that involves creating or maintaining a workload and requires human approval offers a great potential for automation. For instance, you won't get the full benefits of the infrastructure-as-code pipeline provided by the cloud if you create an automated pipeline that generates "approved Terraform," but then rely on a developer to install it successfully.

Repetition is ideal.

We now know that concentrating more on technology in the crucial areas of automation and observability puts you on the right track for better success in your transformation. When you have successfully addressed 80% to 90% of your workload requirements, continue "rinsing and repeating" before tackling the edge cases. You should always assess whether what you're doing is sufficient and look for new chances to repurpose your resources in order to have an influence on business.



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