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Tip five — adopt a service-centric view for security with a focus on transparency and automation

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31 October 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 fifth of his ten top tips for keeping your data, and organisation, secure.

Adopt a service-centric view for security with a focus on transparency and automation.

Yes, technology is, and will always be, important to security. But equally important, and often overlooked, is the service side of security.

For security to truly integrate with an organisation, it needs to be treated as a service. And, like any service, this means transparency — in input and output, cost, implications and the efficiency that can be achieved.

It’s also got to be easy to use. Give your people a security solution that plugs effortlessly into other products and has a simple interface and you’ll increase adoption and reduce resistance. And this means that your organisation will be more prepared for the next attack. Give people something that takes effort to bolt onto legacy systems and lacks transparency, and they simply won’t use it.

Basically, your security should meet the fundamental principles of service design.

To find out how BT can provide you with the best security service, take a look at our website.

You can review Ramy’s previous tip, on how to test digital risk awareness, here.

And keep an eye out for my next top tip, where I’ll reveal why you might be the most important aspect of your organisation’s security.