Digital transformation, which was previously labelled as an ‘added value’ in a company quickly evolved into a crucial component essential for the resiliency of organisation in the recent years after Covid-19 hit us hard since 2019. ‘Every company is a software company’ – this statement had become the mantra in the recent years as more and more companies embark or accelerate their digital transformation journey. Needless to say, the shift had lead to rapid growth in software applications development department. The demands are no longer about meeting deadlines and saving budgets but so much more. The checklist for a successful delivery of software applications had grown into speed and secure delivery without leaving out the value for business and enhanced user experience. Definitely those sound very demanding to our software engineers. How will these demands be achievable? The answer is through leveraging insights from a technology trend called Digital Immune System (DIS). What are the role of insights as key to successful Digital Immune System?
Digital Immune System, as Gartner explains can be described as a system that combines practices and processes such as observability, automation, extreme design and testing to improve customer experiences and create business value by reducing operational and security risks. Definitely, with these elements (practices and processes), Digital Immune System is a powerful tool in optimising IT operations and building resiliency. As capable as one tool can be, poor implementation will render it useless. Therefore, the key to a successful Digital Immune System is data driven and actionable insights. The insights can be divided into:
- External threat intelligence that provides insights on change in the threat landscape including newly discovered vulnerabilities and changes in attack methods.
- Results from operational security that are gathered from Security Operations Center (SOC), or a Breach & Attack Simulation (BAS) gives insight that helps in adjusting and enhancing the overall defense system.
Insights have different benefits to different roles in security policy.
C-Level – insights give the C-Level better understanding of the threat landscape and the performance of the security team in managing risks as well as the impact of risk to organisations.
CISO – Insights provide CISO with greater capability in constructing a well planned security program and optimise controls to manage security risks thus establishes resiliencies.
Operations – Insights from the shared data remove siloes between the security and operation teams making them to have better understanding in execution and impacts to organisations.
Significantly, these insights gained from various software engineering strategies in Digital Immune System, when properly applied by different roles together, will provide the best option for action as well as constant information on the condition of the system whether it is well adjusted or in need for improvement.
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