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Why our Chief Strategist, Hank Clark, believes an integrated security approach is best

July 2023 - Hank Clark, Chief Strategist, CSO Group

A successful cybersecurity program is underpinned by understanding and safeguarding against the expanded attack surface, as threat actors actively seek gaps in your defences. With new threats arising daily, your defences must adapt continuously to ensure successful cyber security outcomes.


As Chief Strategist, I firmly believe that an integrated cybersecurity approach is crucial in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. The traditional fragmented approach to cybersecurity, where different aspects are addressed in isolation, is simply insufficient to protect organisations from the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats we face.

By adopting an integrated cybersecurity approach, we ensure that all components of our digital infrastructure work together seamlessly to safeguard our sensitive information, critical systems, and valuable assets. This approach involves aligning people, processes, and technology to create a comprehensive defence framework.

Firstly, integrating cybersecurity across all departments and levels of an organisation fosters a culture of security awareness and responsibility. When everyone understands the risks and their role in mitigating them, we create a human firewall that can identify and respond to potential threats proactively.

Secondly, an integrated approach allows for a holistic view of our cybersecurity posture. It enables us to identify vulnerabilities and potential attack vectors that may arise from the interconnections between different systems, applications, and devices. By addressing these interconnected risks, we minimise the chances of overlooking potential weak points that cybercriminals could exploit.

Thirdly, an integrated framework promotes the coordination of cybersecurity tools and technologies. By leveraging centralised monitoring, threat intelligence sharing, and automated incident response, we can detect and respond to security incidents in real-time, minimising the impact and mitigating potential damages. Additionally, this approach facilitates the implementation of consistent security policies and standards across the organisation, ensuring a cohesive and effective defence strategy.

Lastly, an integrated cybersecurity approach enables us to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and attackers often seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by disconnected security measures. By integrating cybersecurity efforts, we can respond more efficiently to emerging threats, share threat intelligence, and implement proactive measures that safeguard our systems and data.

In conclusion, an integrated cybersecurity approach empowers us to tackle the complex and ever-changing cybersecurity landscape with resilience and agility. By aligning people, processes, and technology, we establish a robust defence posture, enhance our ability to detect and respond to threats, and protect our organisation's valuable assets from cybercriminals seeking to exploit any weaknesses.


At CSO Group, we provide effective ICT cyber security services and solutions to mitigate business risks and threats. To find out how we can help your business improve its cyber resilience, contact the CSO team and learn more about our integrated cyber security approach.