October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and DTech Apps is here to share resources and information on how companies can keep their data safe from cyberattacks and threats!
What is Cybersecurity?
The digitalization of all things has led to the creation of a complex network of systems, datasets, and information that needs to be protected at all times. For this reason, cybersecurity has come to the forefront of Information Technology (IT) and cyberspace.
The advance of digital transformation has brought with it the heavy integration of digital information into all aspects of our lives and the growth of the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and a cascade of new technologies. As a result, cyberthreats and attacks on critical infrastructure have become increasingly sophisticated, complex, and rapidly evolutionary. Everything is connected in a massive web, and each security breach reverberates throughout its fibers.
Cybersecurity—or Information Technology (IT) security—is the practice of protecting critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks. Cybersecurity measures are engineered to combat threats to networked systems and applications, whether they are internal or external to an organization. Cyberattacks include phishing/social engineering, malware, ransomware, Distributed Denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and much more.
Cybersecurity Is Not Just an IT Problem
The risk of cybersecurity should not fall into the hands of CISOs and IT departments alone. Cybersecurity is a core business risk with many stakeholders involved. Cybersecurity as a strategic business fundamental should be an enterprise-wide concept backed by executives across the board. Cyberattacks and breaches severely impact all facets of an organization including customer trust, market share, and cost of capital. This results in irreversible reputational damage for any organization.
The monetary costs to repair and reverse the damage of cyberattacks provide a quantifiable look at the negative impacts of cyber risks on weak IT infrastructures and platforms, further driving home the message that cybersecurity needs to be a key factor in business plans. According to IBM, the average cost of data breach in 2022 due to a cyberattack in the United States is $9.44 million, over $5 million higher than the global average. Healthcare was the hardest hit critical infrastructure sector with an average cost of $10.10 million per breach.
Cybersecurity Needs to Eliminate Manual Risks and Errors
The increased sophistication and complexity of cybersecurity needs is driving businesses to rebuild and reconfigure their IT infrastructures, platforms, and frameworks. The main challenge is maintaining a balance between digital growth and security in a way that is sustainable. Mitigating risk means mitigating human error, siloed communication, and lack of compliance. This is achieved through building workflows and processes including: critical task administration, incident detection and response, cybersecurity training, network validation and configuration/compliance, security configuration checklists, data analytics and insights, and patch management (to name a few).
Where Tasker Comes In
Cybersecurity requires a constant monitoring of systems, applications, and networks. Building routine repeatable processes that can provide an audit trail of everything from patch management to vulnerability management and assessment documentation is critical to repel threats and maintain a secure organization. Security leaders and teams need to quickly build processes, replicate them into templates, and add ad-hoc requests or processes quickly. Waiting months for solutions to be programmed and implemented doesn’t work in the demanding world of cybersecurity. Security leaders and professionals need a tool that requires no coding and empowers everyone. They need Tasker built on ServiceNow.
Tasker is a collaborative work management platform that moves teams and leaders from email, spreadsheets, shared folders, and complex workflow solutions to a secure, structured work environment that unlocks productivity and bridges the gaps between silos. Tasker’s streamlined and responsive WorkUI™ and TaskFlow™ Builder enable users to easily create, assign, delegate, route, and manage work. Cybersecurity teams across North America leverage Tasker to make sure all they are managing a safe and secure organization.
Every TaskFlow™ process documents work acceptance and completion dates and times providing a complete audit trail of critical processes and activities. Department executives and leaders can see how work is getting done in a single dynamic and responsive dashboard. Work can quickly be reassigned to other team members without breaking the workflow ensuring every critical step is covered when keep your organization secure from threats. Organizations requiring final documentation that all processes are complete and certified can output a digital checklist, have it digitally signed (eSignature), and stored directly into a file management system like Microsoft SharePoint.
With Tasker, critical assignments and tasks can be administered through automation regardless of location or device. Robust and dynamic standard and custom dashboards capture the state of work being performed throughout the organization. Visibility into performance and operations provides valuable insight into the work that is being completed and where bottlenecks and weaknesses are impeding productivity and creating security vulnerabilities.
Tasker enables users to manage data and information within the unique requirements of cybersecurity teams in any industry or agency. Particularly in government agencies, the information being handled can contain sensitive data. Tasker’s flexibility allows for different requests to be easily updated to accommodate different processes while maintaining document security and protecting confidential information. Through DTech Apps’ partnership with ServiceNow, all versions of Tasker have inherited FedRAMP High and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level 5 (IL5) ratings through the ServiceNow National Security Cloud (NSC).