An Auto Mechanic’s Guide to Cybersecurity

The sound of silence can be deafening when it’s coming from your car engine as you turn the ignition. Given how much of our lives rely on transit, repairing a vehicle often rises quickly to the top of our priority list. Unfortunately, repairing today’s complex automotive inner-workings requires skillsets and technology that most of us simply lack. Thus, we entrust the care of our vehicles to professional auto mechanics.

As a practical matter, we address many of our daily needs (not just auto repair) by outsourcing to those who are better positioned to tackle specific challenges on our behalf.

So how does this apply to cybersecurity? Whether you’re in healthcare, education or any other industry, preventing a data breach has become increasingly complicated and difficult. Without adequate IT resources, maintaining an effective cybersecurity program will need assistance from the outside.

Market Drivers Paving Road for Cloud Identity

Gartner estimates IT security spending worldwide will jump by 8.7% in 2019, up to $124 billion. This growth will outpace general IT spending, which Gartner expects to rise only by 3.2%.

In a separate study,  ESG ThoughLab and the Wall Street Journal asked respondents to identify areas where they have a “problematic shortage” of skills on an annual basis. Fifty-one percent cited cybersecurity. This skills shortage has consistently climbed year-over-year since 2015.

Despite these conditions, organizations can still effectively and efficiently reduce cybersecurity risk through cloud identity.   

What is Cloud Identity?

Cloud identity minimizes the impact on IT resources while maximizing security and compliance. It enables healthcare providers, higher education institutions, public agencies and businesses to determine and control who has access to what, who should have access, and how that access is used. In doing so, these organizations can prevent data breaches, maintain compliance, improve IT efficiencies and help users access appropriate information in a timely manner. Moreover, cloud identity requires less in-house expertise and capital expenditure, deploys quickly, and slashes the time it typically takes to upgrade software. In essence, you remain in the driver’s seat, while trusted experts maintain the vehicle, or in this case your cloud identity platform.

Next Steps

The world’s largest health IT association (HIMSS) is hosting a live webinar on April 10th @ 1 pm ET to discuss the empowering benefits of cloud identity governance. Whether you work in healthcare, higher education, government or any other industry, the content will provide you with deep insight into how cloud identity helps you maximize cybersecurity while minimizing impact on IT resources. Register now.  


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