The technology universe is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. A proliferation of data coupled with strategic models such as cloud and hybrid IT create advanced possibilities for industries – re-defining the potential for agility and efficiency. But these great opportunities also introduce a new world of risk. Every day, the digital infrastructure is targeted with new cyberthreats – including advanced hacks, phishing or even DDoS. For those in cybersecurity, the only true constant is change.

If there’s any doubting the volatility of cyberthreats, consider this: Nearly one million pieces of new malware are released every single day. Researchers believe hackers have recently exposed the private information of roughly half the nation’s adults – estimating more than 430 million hacked accounts. These are YOUR customers – users who count on strong cybersecurity to keep their data safe. And while adopting the newest security software and managed security services are important, they aren’t as critical as your organization’s adaptation to change.

Change management across IT is an often overlooked issue. As data centers move from in-house to hybrid models, programming shifts from mainframes to cloud, and big data emerges as a valuable resource – organizations must always be ready. Skills employees had a decade ago just aren’t as applicable for today or tomorrow. Everyone must be open to embracing change, learning new skills and being more flexible. Even the most advanced security software or services won’t be enough if the internal organization isn’t prepared for transition.

As senior technology leaders prepare for the next-generation of cybersecurity, organizations must be engineered to adapt – with employees able to handle a variety of tasks. In the end, success is built around three areas:

Attitude: As a senior leader, never be the victim – and don’t promote that position within the organization. Always keep an eye on the end-game and – if necessary – stay open to bringing aboard new people to get you there. No situation is ever static.

Culture: Everyone must work toward the same goal. It’s important to structure teams in a way that allows objectives to build on one another. The best teams have unified principles with a single vision.

Leadership: Encourage teams to step up and lead. By fostering a well-rounded environment encouraging strategic thinking and proactivity, employees can take charge and resolve issues as they appear. This also means encouraging rotations and learning new roles.

Ultimately, companies succeed by embracing change individually, culturally and at the leadership level. As a Fortune 200 company, CenturyLink has undergone its own adaptation to change and change management. We understand the complexities big businesses face, because we’ve had to face and conquer those same challenges. I’d love to share my experiences with you and hear about yours. Please contact one of our cybersecurity experts – or feel free to contact me directly in the comments section below – to continue the conversation.

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