The growing challenge of sustaining business operations during any major event has created a need for a comprehensive approach to security and resilience. The ultimate goal is operational resilience. How do we get there…together? That is the question I discussed with Siân John, Microsoft’s Director, SCI Strategic Growth Business Development, at Microsoft’s recent Intelligent Security Summit.
The fact is we live in a world of platforms – they are pervasive in industry and our personal lives. From integrated factories leveraging a single platform for visibility to operations, to our own personal use of “on demand” personal transportation platforms. The foundation of this platform is cloud and mobility technology.
We have had the privilege of our customers weaving Azure solutions into the very fabric of their business. The more our customers rely on us the more trustworthy we need to be. We focus on all aspects of trust, including availability, conformity with regulatory mandates and freedom from compromise among other aspects. We also focus on delivering the power of Azure in a manner that does not negatively impact our planet and adapts as our customers’ needs change.
For years we have addressed risk from a security perspective as if it operates independently from other risk factors. We need to change our lens and focus on security and resilience together. Let me clarify that:
Each of us are part of a hyper-connected world. As a result, we live and operate in a world of “WE”. We cannot even approach operational resilience if we view our business or government operations with a mindset of “us and them”. We must drive resilience and integrity across enterprises. This includes third party ecosystems as well as remote workforces and operations.
This new reality results in:
As security and risk continue to meld, the resiliency of the platforms we deliver and rely upon is essential. We must make operational resilience our new imperative. It will determine not only who will survive, but who will thrive in the platform economy. Moreover, to thrive, operational resilience must be front and center.
Please take a moment to view my session with Siân at the Microsoft Intelligent Security Summit and let’s thrive together:
About the Author
Edna Conway currently serves as VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure at Microsoft. She is responsible for the security, resiliency and governance of the cloud infrastructure upon which Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud business operates. She has built new organizations delivering trust, transparency, cybersecurity, compliance, risk management, sustainability and value chain transformation.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Conway served as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, driving a comprehensive security architecture across Cisco’s third-party ecosystem. She is recognized domestically (U.S. Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO) as the developer of architectures delivering value chain security, sustainability and resiliency. Conway was appointed to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Her insight is featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
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