With the variety of digital threats, network administrators often face the great challenge of deciding the strategies and the most relevant controls to protect their environment, devices, users and data.

So, we’ve put together four questions that should help guide the choice of cybersecurity controls that best fit your specific business landscape:

What information should be protected?

Information is the main currency of the connected world. However, not all information is the same. In fact, some offer competitive advantage within their market, others need special protection to comply with regulations. Certain types of information are not considered among the most relevant though. Understanding this dynamic within your business is the first step to build the right security strategies and choosing relevant controls.

This study is key. Different types of threat are developed with a focus on specific information. The security controls for each case are also different. So, to be efficient and to justify the investment, you must firstly know which are and how to protect information.

What resources are available?

If a given security technology meets a real demand of your environment, but you do not yet know how it works, it is important to test it to understand in practice how it will help you protect your information and assets. Interact with expert teams who educate new users, study product documentation, participate in online trainings.

How to simplify adoption?

This is a crucial point. The security technology can be easy to use, that is, make it simple for the security teams to use, either through intuitive interfaces, executive reports or the possibility of autonomous operation. Setting up a technology can take a lot of work time, so it’s also worth observing if the control can automate repetitive tasks, simplying the operation and reducing the team work time on basic tasks.

Is it possible to centralize management?

If there are different technologies, to handle different threats, a control that centralizes the management of all resources will be instrumental. Centralized management of information security products enables a complete view of the environment, releases the team for more strategic tasks and facilitates the evaluation of events in your network by offering centralized records of all activities.