Cybersecurity Lifecycle Planning and Management

Cybersecurity Lifecycle Planning and Management

Long-term management and operation of cybersecurity infrastructure must be grounded in sound lifecycle management practices. While the environment may have been reasonably secure on the first day a particular cybersecurity element (platform, process, technology, device, or team) was deployed, the rapidly changing nature of cybersecurity means that the environment rapidly decays from an ideal state almost immediately — almost like driving a new car off the lot.

At the core, there are three fundamental lifecycle components that must be considered:

  • Functional lifecycle. How long an element will continue to operate and function, primarily based on age.
  • Operational lifecycle. Ensuring that a particular element stays up to date to protect against the most current threats and doesn’t contain known vulnerabilities.
  • Economic lifecycle. When an element will become economically obsolete because less expensive, more effective technology is available.

Historically, many organizations have managed only the functional lifecycle, replacing elements only after they have failed — often resulting in a breach or business impact. It is common for older technologies to have limited or no support and no security patches available from the manufacturer, and as a result they leave your environment more vulnerable to a cyberattack. Forward-looking organizations must place at least as much importance on proactively managing the other two lifecycle types.

Rule4 works with organizations to create and manage plans that optimize the lifecycle of cybersecurity elements. Knowing which approaches work — and which don’t — provides your organization with the most effective cybersecurity protection at the least cost.

Contact Rule4 today, and together we’ll master your organization’s lifecycle planning and management.