What Matters Most: Outlining the Steps to Define and Protect Mission-Critical Assets

What Matters Most: Outlining the Steps to Define and Protect Mission-Critical Assets

Nearly every single organization, whether a small business or large international enterprise, goes through non-optional steps to determine how best to comprehensively secure their environment. This process often starts with identifying the organization’s top priorities, which requires them to ask themselves a critical question: “What matters most?”

In order to establish strategic groundwork for implementing a security solution, a company must take the time to pinpoint the mission-critical aspects to their businesses — the assets that need to be protected at all costs. These pieces typically end up falling into three categories: components related to the safety or security of employees and patrons, equipment and infrastructure that is required to run the business, and the assets that are of utmost value to the organization.

If any of these elements are compromised, it could pose an existential threat to a business and/or the people involved. Whether it’s protecting employees at a high-risk, remote site or a hospital keeping a watchful eye over sensitive patient information, varying organizations possess different and unique needs when it comes to protecting what matters most — but the value and principle is still the same across the board.

After identifying the key qualities to a specific business, the next step is addressing how to ensure the protection of these mission-critical items, no matter which category they fall under. There are two basic requirements at play when it comes to establishing a cohesive approach to safety: understanding what is normal or permissible for an environment and the ability to detect anomalies that pose a risk.

Implementing this strategy begins through a simple equation: combining people and data. Whether its operational best practices driven by key stakeholders or cutting edge analytics carried out by systems and sensors, the convergence of all possible resources can help to create situational awareness and provides security administrators with the actionable intelligence and insight they need to keep what matters most safe.

It can be argued that insight is the key to safeguarding valuable assets. Most organizations possess numerous security devices, such as video surveillance and access control systems, that don’t work cohesively to illuminate the insight necessary to make an informed decision. The right, intelligence-driven solution can bring together data from disparate systems and distill critical information.

At Verint, we encourage businesses to protect what matters most to them, and it’s deeply entrenched in our mission to help by providing access to essential and relevant intelligence. And determining how to secure the items that matter most to each organization all starts with the first step of identifying which assets are the most critical.

Jeffrey Lewis

Author: Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey is a seasoned marketing leader with a long history in the positioning and marketing of security services on a global scale. Previously held global marketing and marketing roles at Cognizant Security, GE Digital, HP Enterprise Security Services and TXU Energy.