Why cyber security can unlock the growth for your business

There is a greater need to focus on cyber security as we see the growth of digital services in organisations continue to soar. This is needed not only to manage and mitigate evolving threats, but also to unlock the growth that will come from customers having trust in your digital services – Digital Trust. So, what is Digital Trust? Put simply, it means that the right people can access the right information at the right time and that information is secure.


How do you achieve Digital Trust?

Traditionally, new digital products and services would be accredited – an objective review based on a set criterion to provide confidence that the new service meets all the required security and cyber standards.

But now there is a shift to secure by design. The shift is to bake in security and cyber principles right at the start of a programme and to ensure they guide final delivery and transition into business as usual.



The shift to secure by design


This is a massive shift for Government and Industry – a shift that is happening whilst the threat landscape is constantly evolving. You can no longer just rely on the security team down the corridor – the shift to secure by design is a cultural shift and many more people need to play their part.


The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) defines the key principles for all to follow:


  1. Establish the context before designing a system – before you can create a secure system design, you need to have a good understanding of the fundamentals and take action to address any identified short-comings.
  2. Make compromise difficult – designing with security in mind means applying concepts and using techniques which make it harder for attackers to compromise your data or systems.
  3. Make disruption difficult – when high-value or critical services rely on technology for delivery, it becomes essential that the technology is always available. In these cases, the acceptable percentage of ‘down time’ can be effectively zero.
  4. Make compromise detection easier – even if you take all available precautions, there’s still a chance your system will be compromised by a new or unknown attack. To give yourself the best chance of spotting these attacks, you should be well positioned to detect compromise.
  5. Reduce the impact of compromise – design to naturally minimise the severity of any compromise.



How do you achieve the shift?


The NCSC principles define best practice, but it is up to individual businesses, organisations and departments to work out how to deliver change to ensure Secure by Design. In our experience there are six basics to get right:


  1. Develop and implement standards – make sure all are working the same standards
  2. Build and implement a cyber security framework – ensure all understand greatest areas of vulnerability and to prioritise accordingly.
  3. Secure the supply chain.
  4. Ensure assurance.
  5. Embed secure by design into the standard project delivery lifecycle.
  6. Ensure appropriate governance and reporting.



All the above is a combination of technical and business change – with the need to engage and educate all involved with project and programme delivery.


Cyber security and the shift to secure by design affects all organisations in all industries.


How do you unlock the growth that will come from customers having trust in your digital services? If you’d like to learn more on this topic, please get in touch.

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