8 hallmarks of a proactive security strategy

CISOs have long been tasked with building response and recovery capabilities, the objective being to have teams that can react to a security incident as quickly as possible and can restore business functions with as little damage as possible.

The need for those activities is certainly not going to go away, but many security chiefs are seeking to take more proactive steps to balance out reactive ones.

“On the proactive side, you’re trying to predict what kind of attack can occur in your environment and find your vulnerabilities before others do, so you reduce risk before it materializes,” says Pierre-Martin Tardif, cybersecurity professor at Université de Sherbrooke and member of the Emerging Trends Working Group with the professional IT governance association ISACA.

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