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If you are in the software industry or ever had an app or software custom-built for your business, you might have heard the word “Agile.” It's more than just fancy terminology. It's a practical software development approach where developers break down the development process into small sprints. It has been quite successful in software development, and the agile set of values are being adopted in other domains as well, including cybersecurity.
Agile And Cybersecurity
Does your cybersecurity team employ agile and processes like Scrum? Do they even need to? The answer would be yes because Agile is more than just about breaking down into pieces. It’s about transparency, collaboration, user feedback, and integration. It’s a set of values and principles, which lets developers prioritize individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
This is a comprehensive overview of what agile is, but even if your cybersecurity team is following that, they can become much more powerful and effective. Why? Because most of the current cybersecurity practices take on a silo-based approach.
When they need something developed, they cart it off to the IT or software development. When IT teams and other departments encounter malicious cyber activity, they generate a ticket and wash their hands off, thinking it's the cybersecurity team's problem now.
That’s how the system has worked so far, but it can be significantly better by adopting agile practices, especially when new cybersecurity systems are being developed and deployed. This might require you to:
1. Instill the right culture within the organization, especially your cybersecurity team and the departments they need to collaborate with.
2. Define and employ use cases when working on the development, deployment, or integration of cybersecurity systems. They help your team keep a narrow focus.
3. Create the right team for agile adoption. You may need to break down the silos and create a team with members from different departments and not just cybersecurity. This will make collaboration easier.
An Agile Cybersecurity Team
It would not be easy to create an agile cybersecurity team right away because adopting agile organization-wide is usually not easy. But with the right professionals by your side, who are experienced in helping organizations and cybersecurity teams adopt Agile, it can be a breeze. Microminder works with SMEs and enterprises alike and enable the software development teams to successfully enhance the SDLC process and provide them with the right cyber security measures to follow best industry practice.