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Need to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation Success? Find a Good Partner.

Security is essential, and requires a community of partners to ensure your most important digital assets are protected from a constantly evolving and growing threatscape.

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Every organization is -- or should be -- embracing the business phenomenon known as digital transformation to capitalize on the anything, anywhere, anytime connected world. The benefits and competitive edge that companies can realize creates tremendous business opportunity that is worth pursuing. However, driven by the massive amounts of data, rapid adoption of cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices becoming much more common in the modern enterprise, undertaking a digital transformation commitment is a complex and risk-laden process. With a reported 70% - 84% of companies failing to successfully execute a digital transformation, a focus on trust and stronger investment in security will increase success by ensuring your most important digital assets are protected from a constantly evolving and growing threatscape.

Recent statistics show security professionals are drowning in data, devices, domains and alerts – leading to reality that it’s not a case of if you will be successfully attacked, but when and how often. If your business is online, it’s susceptible to attack, period. Shockingly, but not surprising, on average a company suffers 130 breaches per year, which led to more than 4 billion records being exposed by breaches in 2016. In 2017 the average cost of cybercrime globally climbed to $11.7 million per organization, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The largest number yet? The annual cost of cybercrime to global businesses is expected to double from $3 trillion to  $6 trillion by 2021 – that’s more than $190,000 per second!

Whether or not your organization is vulnerable against one of the more than 390,000 new malicious programs registered every day [Link to Endpoint Security blog] is up to you. In 2017, businesses spent $81.7 billion on security-related hardware, software, and services, but the rate of change and growing complexity (large enterprises deploy an average of 32 security vendors), as well as a critical skills shortage require a more holistic response. Joe Loveless, Director of Security Solutions for Neustar, Inc., a global information services provider, recommends organizations leverage a best-of-breed partnerships.

“One of the most dangerous gaps in cybersecurity is the language between technology pros and executives,” shared Joe Loveless. “C-level executives have been fired over these breaches, but security is complex subject matter and security channel partners can provide trusted local expertise that can bridge that gap. Without question, channel partners can help customers make better security decisions more quickly.”

Neustar has more than 2,500 enterprise and government customers, three hundred million consumers of its security offerings, and manages more than 10% of all global DNS (website) traffic. The company works closely with a select group of security service partners with a proven reputation for performance to provide training and collaboration, with a lot of face-to-face interaction.

“By moving beyond a traditional partnership we are able to create a group of trusted advisors who can act as objective evaluators,” said Loveless, “and in cyber security, trust has its roots in much more than just technology.”

Scale, rate of change and growing complexity can thwart any cybersecurity solution, but working with partners will help your organization move beyond a flat layer of protection. Pairing with a trusted partner can help protect your bottom line, support quick recovery when the inevitable occurs and ultimately increasing chances of a smooth digital transformation.

Author Bio: Steve Wexler has more than 30 years of experience writing about the IT industry primarily for enterprise, SMB and channel, as well as marketing content for IT vendors.

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