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How to achieve secure digitalisation?

Digitalisation helps streamline workflows to meet expectations on availability and create new revenue opportunities. But how to achieve secure digitalisation?

Digitalisation is revolutionising every industry. It helps streamline workflows to meet expectations on availability and create new revenue opportunities. New challenges also arise when different systems communicate with each other.

Digitalisation is advancing rapidly

Digital development has different names in different industries, but everything is based on the principle of making better use of information technology in several commercialisation steps and operational activities. One of the consequences of digitalisation is the new and changing needs of security for information and technology. New challenges also arise when different systems communicate with each other.

With technology development encompassing Big Data, Internet of Things and API solutions, it’s easy to create innovative solutions without technical barriers. Everything is connected and all information can be stored and processed to create added value.

 

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Increased freedom brings digital responsibility

Digitalisation provides decision makers and management greater freedom when organisations become creative. They open up for financial transformation and being disruptive to the required and decided level.

But this freedom brings responsibility. The responsibility of ensuring that the information flow - a prerequisite for digitalisation - is managed without creating the risk of various internal and external cyberattacks.

 

The digitalisation strategy - part of Sweden's path towards secure digitalisation

The Government of Sweden pursues a digitalisation policy where the vision is a sustainable, digitalised Sweden. The digitalisation strategy sets the direction for this policy, and the overall goal is for Sweden to be the best in the world at using the possibilities of digitalisation. To achieve the overall goal, the strategy contains five sub-goals on digital competence, digital security, digital innovation, digital management and digital infrastructure. Digital security is about companies and organisations needing to increase their competence in information and cybersecurity and that it needs to be seen as a strategic business issue.

"Lack of information security skills is a factor that many organisations struggle with. The information security work must be made more visible, given higher strategic importance and woven into companies' existing management and financial management systems"
quote from the Digitalisation Council

High demands on security are one of the sub-areas in the digitalisation strategy. This includes e.g. the new Protective Security Act, the introduction of the NIS Directive and the construction of the National Cyber Security Center. Read more here!

Read more about the Protective Security Act and about the NIS Directive!

 

Security culture - an important part of cybersecurity

Cybersecurity today is not only a technical challenge but also a human challenge - a matter of security culture. Criminals do not only exploit technical deficiencies but often rely on people to access sensitive data. It is therefore the human factor that causes the most serious security breaches. Building and maintaining a strong security culture is thus an extremely important part of cybersecurity work.

When a functioning security culture is applied, everyone is aware of the risks and has both the knowledge and the will to contribute to reducing the risks through their actions. Security thinking is an obvious part of the business. In other words, the security culture has a great influence on how to work, prioritise and in different ways create the conditions for employees to work securely. Another thing that characterises a functioning security culture in a workplace is that management prioritises and handles security issues at all levels of the business and that they are part of the culture.

Read more about security culture in our blog post!
 

Achieve secure digitisation using allowlisting

Taking a digital responsibility is about simultaneously digitising and building robustness in our society. By controlling their information flows, secure digitisation can be achieved. It is about being able to digitally distinguish between authorized and unauthorized persons. By identifying the user and then linking the user with some form of right or possibility, one achieves an effective security.

The mindset to distinguish between authorized and unauthorized is called allowlisting and blocklisting. Blocklisting means having a list or specification of the unauthorized persons. It can be a list of names of people who are not allowed to fly, a ban on bringing weapons through a security check or a list of known computer viruses that the antivirus program should look for.

 

 

Allowlisting on the other hand means that the right key is required to be able to open a door or that the correct password or pin code is required to unlock the computer.

Through allowlisting of information flows, one can raise the protection of critical infrastructure without sacrificing the possibilities of digitisation.

 

Read more about how allowlisting works in our White Paper Secure digitalisation using allowlisting.

 

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