Considering Cybersecurity in Project Design

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: October 17, 2015

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we wanted to discuss this topic on the blog today to make this national issue something you and your business should be monitoring…right down to security issues in your project designs.

Cyberattacks seem to be on the rise in recent years and businesses are trying to ramp up their defense efforts. The annual cost of cybercrime globally is over $100 billion and by 2017 it’s expected to be $120 billion. As project manager, it’s becoming more necessary than ever to ensure the safety of your plans. If you don’t already, now is the time to begin incorporating data security into your project planning process along with setting aside time to have discussions with your team.

What needs protected?

It’s easy to view your systems with a mindset geared toward user-friendliness, but what about user-unfriendliness? Do you look at your data through the lens of someone with malicious intent? What parts of your project would be most affected if you were to experience a data breach? Identifying these risks can help you determine where to focus your security efforts.

Does your team have someone who can devote all of his/her time to strengthening the protection of your data? It can be expensive to hire an expert, but depending on the importance of your project or the sensitivity of the data, it may be necessary to account for this role in the budget.

Since not sure? As yourself this: Is the risk of losing your data greater than the cost of hiring experts? If so, sit down with your client or your organization to determine what is the best course of action for keeping your information safeguarded.

Do your research no matter how large or small your organization!

Hackers are the new con-artists who view this crime as a profession and oftentimes, something to brag about. Follow stories of other security breaches as a way to learn from other organizations’ mistakes. Although larger corporations, and even the government, have made headlines because of cyberattacks this doesn’t mean that you are safer as a small to medium sized business.

Don’t view security as an add-on step toward the end of the project. It should be integrated throughout the entire process and given the proper amount of time and attention. Constantly test your projects and review what is and isn’t working.

Want to read more on cybersecurity? The Project Management Institute and PM Times both have articles with helpful information on this topic.

Plus, you owe it to yourself during National Cyber-Security Month to think about other areas of your daily life that might be at risk: sdfghsfdghfsghsfghsf
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