Security requirements are getting more complex
No matter how much they may differ in size, scope or structure, all businesses have to meet certain security commitments. Among the largest include keeping sensitive information safe from unauthorised access or disclosure, as well as ensuring the availability and continuity of critical business services.
But while the need to secure information systems and assets against threats hasn’t changed, the scope and complexity of this task are growing exponentially.
In the last two years alone, we’ve seen how the pandemic has supercharged adoption of digital technologies and remote working models, across businesses big and small. This new landscape has brought with it fresh challenges around data security. Not only do today’s IT teams have to protect their organisations from ever more frequent and devastating cyber threats, but they must do it across a much more distributed, hybrid and intricate IT infrastructure.
Regulation adds to the pressure around cyber security
Adding to an already complicated information security environment, organisations also have to contend with a rising tide of regulation. In the last decade, most industries have gone from having little or no regulation in terms of cyber security to having multiple competing regulators to answer to. According to a 2020 study by Telos, organisations must now comply with 13 different IT security compliance and privacy regulations on average.
This raft of regulations aims to hold organisations more accountable in the protection of information assets and IT infrastructure. Take the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in 2018. While the GDPR doesn’t mandate a specific set of cyber security practices, it still requires organisations to have the appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to properly protect personal data against loss, theft or unauthorised access.
The pace of regulatory change doesn’t seem to be slowing down either. New measures, like the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA) in the US and the UK’s National Cyber Strategy 2022, are likely to add to an already heavy compliance burden for companies. And while staying compliant is clearly in the best interest of every organisation, aligning these requirements with your overall security strategy and business operations can feel like a big ask.
Don’t go it alone on cyber security compliance
Every organisation must meet corporate, compliance and privacy obligations – no-one is exempt. The difference, however, is that large organisations have large resources, which they can deploy to address these demands head-on. Meanwhile, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operate with smaller staff and budgets, making it more difficult to satisfy business and regulatory requirements around cyber security.
If your small business is struggling with this burden, there’s now a way to ease it: with Northdoor’s fully managed cyber security service. We’ve designed our new offering with SMEs firmly in mind, allowing you to mix and match exactly the capabilities you need to shore up your security posture, all at a cost-effective price.Northdoor’s fully managed cyber security service is designed with SMEs firmly in mind, allowing you to mix and match exactly the capabilities you need. Click To Tweet
As an experienced service provider, we also bring knowledge of regional and industry frameworks and regulatory requirements. Our experts can help assess your current state of security and provide real-time visibility into your compliance posture.
For more information on how Northdoor can help you ease business and regulatory requirements around cyber security, leave us a message or call us on 020 7448 8500 to arrange a free initial consultation.