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The Truth About Cybersecurity Project Management

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The Truth About Cybersecurity Project Management

In this article, we discuss four tips that can help cybersecurity project managers better lead their teams and monitor for vulnerabilities.

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Whether you're moving your company’s repository to the cloud or updating an IT infrastructure, securing data from sneaky malware attacks is crucial. According to a report on cybercrime by Accenture, the number of security breaches faced by businesses has increased by 11% since 2018. 

The losses suffered are substantial in terms of cost and information. In this climate, increasing technological advancements and 5G communication could simplify how attackers breach an organization's security systems. 

Given that each leap in technology attracts a smarter (read: creative) hacker, it’s imperative to find ways to better manage your company’s cybersecurity. While doing so, there are many important factors to consider.

Closing Talent Gaps

The ever-growing cybersecurity skills gap is causing employers to rethink the way they utilize their talent pool. The effective utilization of your resource pool and adequate allocation of tasks to the right resource matters more and more. Other than ensuring that a workload leaves critical resources available for critical projects, a tool that informs you of the times that are ideal to remove resources from the availability pool ensures no resource is overworked or overlooked.

A report from cybersecurity ventures suggests that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021 due to talent crunches. As a result, managing your talent pool is crucial to develop highly advanced systems. It starts with keeping track of resource sufficiency, skills in active use, and any experiential upgrades. This enables you to make decisions regarding how resource potential can be tapped into. When this information is in your purview, you can arrange training sessions for those who require training and hire new talent based on project requirements. 

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Stay Tuned to Trends

With technology evolving every day, ways to invade your wealth of information are evolving too. Cybercriminals and their relentless creativity to layer malware attacks have made it even more important for organizations to scale their security as they grow. From file-less malware to steganography (the practice of concealing data within another file), attackers have become smarter and virulent. 

To outsmart them and secure your company from potential losses, being defense-ready is the need of the hour. Hence, staying informed of emerging trends and novel technologies is the key to enhance security to its maximum. This will also help you train your team for the growing competition and keep them updated with the ongoings in cybersecurity world. Whether you are defending against known attackers or responding to the unknown, being aware of evolving trends will enable you to be cyber-resilient.

Minimizing Risk  

Every project comes with its own set of risks. Identifying and analyzing them is helpful in devising mitigation plans. The ultimate goal is to secure your business from every possible cyber security threat. Security always begins at home; that means it’s the duty of a project manager to ensure nobody from inside your organization is hacking into the core of sensitive information. 

This involves locking down access to unauthorized users who can potentially bypass your defenses. Moreover, when an employee is on his/her notice period, it’s important to take back every piece of data to keep a check on data breach. Otherwise, there are high chances of data leaks if an employee is disgruntled and is focused on hampering your organization’s reputation. Having sound information on both internal and external risks helps you manage your cybersecurity projects better and allows you to avoid potential pitfalls down the line. 

Embrace AI Workforce

Securing your own defense system is of prime importance. Depending on a manual process to read, interpret, and defend every piece of information is a big no! After all, to err is human. Embracing AI and intelligent systems is the key to more efficient security monitoring.

It’s not feasible to monitor your system 24/7 to save it from potential threats manually. However, it’s important to do so, and that is where AI comes to your rescue. An AI-enabled robotic workforce can regulate your monitoring and surveillance 24*7, freeing up your human resources to think, plan, and act strategically. This helps in the advancement of already existing security systems. AI can also help you make intelligent decisions and warn you about potential vulnerabilities. 

It's overwhelming to manage a cybersecurity project. One weak link is all it takes, and hackers are patient and creative enough to find where this link lies in your security chain. New technology brings new threats along, which means it is time for an era of constant vigilance and robust security systems!


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cybersecurity ,project management ,security ,minimizing risk ,ai ,vulnerability

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