Security: The $1 trillion question in 2021

As Irish companies embarking on digital transformation projects increasingly look toward cloud solutions, cybersecurity is a huge concern for most - and the biggest barrier when it comes to adoption.

It is estimated that cybercrime now costs the global economy the astronomical sum of $1 trillion, or 1% of global GDP.

Breaches can have an impact beyond the bottom line - including persistent reputational damage - when sensitive personal information about customers is revealed, government and semi-government bodies are attacked, or supply-chains are threatened, so ensuring the correct technology enables the business process and choosing the right partners is crucial.

In 2020, the European Court of Justice was hacked; the European Medicines Agency confirmed it had been targeted, dozens of defense companies were impacted by the SolarWinds breach, and the impact of a major ransomware attack against the HSE is still being assessed. These examples are just a handful in an area where crime is on the increase.

Sogeti partners with Microsoft to offer extremely advanced security capabilities, enabling enterprise level businesses to leverage the advantages of cloud technology while mitigating the risk involved. These include:

  • Microsoft Defender, which provides real-time protection against viruses, malware, and spyware across email, apps, the cloud, and the web;

  • Microsoft Azure Sentinel, which uses built-in AI to help analyse large volumes of data across an enterprise fast, and is especially good at monitoring cloud-based systems

  • Azure Security Centre, a unified infrastructure security management system that strengthens the security posture of your data centers whether they're on the cloud or on premises

Acting as an integral part of the controls, these security systems enable businesses to achieve the best outcomes for digital transformation while minimising risk.

A shift to hybrid working models will accelerate a move to a shared security model, where providers and on-premises security teams work together to keep your cloud-based applications secure.

The move to working-from-home was already underway before the pandemic, but what had been a relatively slow and gradual change became an overnight process. Businesses adapted to this as best they could, but as we now plan for the medium to long-term where hybrid working is the new normal, companies need to respond to the cybersecurity threats a dispersed workforce faces. A renewed emphasis on cybersecurity training and a focus on vigilance, as users will patch at their prerogative rather than when on the company’s network.

Leveraging the right partnerships to adapt rapidly

These systems are broad in scope, elaborate in nature, and complex to implement. Sogeti helps companies to implement, deploy and employ the tooling. Sogeti is a Microsoft Gold Partner with 24,000 Microsoft consultants in 35 countries; we support businesses securely scaling their digital offerings quickly and impactfully.

Our parent-company Capgemini announced in April 2021 that their next-generation Cyber Defense Centers (CDCs) included expanded intelligent security analytics using Microsoft Azure Sentinel.

Capgemini has also joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), an ecosystem of independent software vendors and managed security service providers, that have integrated their solutions with Microsoft Security, to better defend against increasing cybersecurity threats.

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