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Tip nine - identify critical digital processes and high-risk integration points

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01 December 2016

Ramy Houssaini

Blogs by author: Ramy Houssaini, Vice President of Security Europe, BT.

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Ramy Houssaini knows cyber security inside out. Here’s the ninth of his ten top tips for keeping your data, and organisation, secure.

Tip nine - identify critical digital processes and high-risk integration points

The only way to protect what matters to your organisation, is to first figure out exactly what is important to your organisation.

You need to identify the most valuable assets of your organisation - from a data perspective, and from a processes perspective. This includes recognising any dependencies you have - whether that’s on vendors or technologies.

And it’s also important that you gain an understanding of how everything is connected, in terms of the value delivery of the organisation. Why? Because networks are connected, and an attack on something seemingly unimportant, could be linked to your valuable data. If you understand the structure of your network, you’ll understand the ramifications.

Once you understand those connections, as well as what data is most important to you, you can focus security on those areas. This is known as asymmetric security - focusing on what really matters, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

To find out how BT can help you identify what parts of your business are most critical and need to be protected, take a look at our website.

You can review Ramy’s previous tip, on how to concentrate your security supply chain, here.

And keep an eye out for my next top tip, where I’ll talk about why less is more when it comes to security.