Rationalize Cybersecurity Tools in Turbulent Times

February 8, 2023

The current climate is a volatile one, with many threats to cybersecurity. These include software bugs, botnets, Embedded systems, and sensors, among others. It’s important to rationalize cybersecurity tools and strategies you are using to protect your organization. By doing so, you can make sure your defenses are still effective and up to date.

Web browsers

You have probably heard of the many ways to get into a computer or mobile device, but how do you determine what is a security risk and what is just a marketing gimmick? Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to rationalize cybersecurity tools and protect your system.

First, look for the best browser for your needs. Some browsers offer additional features that may be worth checking out. For example, Chrome offers a “Do Not Track” feature that helps keep your browsing activities out of the hands of your company.

Next, evaluate the latest software features and consider how they may be a security risk. For instance, some extensions can access your personal data, so be aware of the potential impact of a vulnerability.

The right configuration can minimise your organisation’s risk. This may include disabling features that do not have a legitimate business case. Additionally, it is important to configure browsers in a way that prevents them from becoming insecure.

Embedded systems and sensors

Using an integrated approach to security is the logical choice but that is no mean feat. To make sure that all your ducks are in a row, the wisest decision entails a well-defined strategy and the ability to communicate with all parties involved in the process. The result is a more secure and more resilient enterprise. Taking the time to learn and understand your business will go a long way in ensuring that the big boss and the rest of the gang kept safe.

The following are a few of the more important components to look out for in your quest for a well-rounded IT security strategy. Having a standardized, comprehensive set of policies and procedures will go a long way in avoiding the pitfalls of the unplanned catastrophe. A concise, well-defined, and tested list of stakeholders is the best place to start. You will also want to include a few individuals to take charge of the oh-so-important incidental hiccups.


A technology rationalization assessment can help determine the right tools for your business, and how to deploy them. This is especially important in the cybersecurity arena. It can lower costs and make your security hygiene more robust.

The process involves analyzing a company’s current technology portfolio to identify redundancies and identify shadow tools. This can do by the IT or security team, or by an outside firm. By evaluating the business operations and data generated by tools, this can used to determine how to deploy and integrate them.

Generally, there are four buckets for companies going through security rationalization. These are:

  • The company has under invested in security; – The company has unknown or undeveloped security capabilities; – The company has overinvested in tools; – The company has acquired a security tool through a merger or acquisition.
  • The first step is to understand the scope of the project. This should include a budget. The project should also have a governance structure.

Ammar Fakhruddin


Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.

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