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In 2023 we have all become aware of the importance of capturing data to make informed business decisions. Capturing the data is easy; understanding it, using it, and ensuring it’s easy to read is a different story.  

So, how can you capture and use data in security?  

Cyber security relies on data to ensure that business security policies and controls are accurate and appropriate to minimise threats. The more data context we have, the more comprehensive and structured security policies can be, reducing the risk to the business. 

You might always have data available, but it is not always visible to your security team, which limits their ability to respond. Traditionally, business units have had siloed approaches to data with visibility only over their respective area. This trend must change for organisations to take the next step in cyber security.

But what is the next step?

Break down the silos and get your data in one secure place. At first, this will not appear easy because each team has specific requirements. However, all teams will have common elements. So, leverage these elements to create a common data format for all teams.

Leveraging a common data format across business units fosters greater communication, improved business operations and allows cyber security teams to respond faster and more comprehensively to security threats. 

Overall, using data in a common format is the next step in the maturity of your cyber practice. Security policies now consider networking, application, and data, which minimises external and internal risks to the business. There are many more benefits which you will see through the functional use of systems, predicting trends in application delivery, and embedding security in every facet of ICT.

Some businesses have acknowledged the benefits of centralised data aggregation and asked recon to do this. We already have a common data format and multiple platforms that allow businesses to achieve this quickly. As I mentioned earlier, this is not a simple task. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Give us a call for a confidential discussion to take the next step.