How to Become a Cyber Intelligent Organisation
By Marty Haak || Founder, Infinite Edge
The age of technological accessibility is both a blessing and a curse. The allure of simplistic solutions to complex business problems often leads companies on a self-guided digital transformation journey.
Nevertheless, without a clear plan, these solutions often fall short, causing a slew of unexpected issues: failed technology implementation, underutilized technology, a lack of training among teams, unforeseen limitations, and insufficient compatibility with other business apps.
Are you frantically searching for the best CRM or pondering the merits of Microsoft 365 over Google Workspace? You’re not alone. Yet, these might not be the questions you should be asking.
While technology can be a game-changer, it’s no silver bullet. I invite you to take a step back and consider your problems from a higher vantage point. What are you really trying to solve? Is it a technological issue, or could it lie within your processes? Are you setting your team up for success and have they been adequately trained in your processes and the technology you use?
Having refined processes is a prerequisite to effective technology implementation. Failing to address this could result in the amplification of your frustrations. It’s essential to keep your team at the forefront, focusing on systems and processes before technology comes into play.
However, even with a well-thought-out approach, businesses often face unexpected adversaries: data breaches and cybercrime. As technology becomes increasingly complicated, data breaches are becoming more common, cybercrime is on the rise, and data privacy legislation tightens, many businesses are realising they are not as optimised and secure as they need to be. This reality becomes even more daunting in the face of high-profile data breaches, causing increased concern over cyber security. Shockingly, about 60% of SMEs go out of business within six months of a data breach or cyber-attack.
A critical part of strong cyber security is education, often an overlooked aspect in a DIY IT environment.
Unoptimised technology can leave businesses vulnerable and inefficient, hindering scalability and productivity. The onus is on businesses to ensure they are not just surviving but thriving in this digital era.
Cyber Intelligence goes beyond mere technological implementation; it’s about leveraging technology to enhance your business. It’s about optimising your time, team, and technology, in that order, while maintaining a strong focus on cybersecurity.