Business and IT: Like Cain and Abel?

Appropriate IT solutions are crucial for the success and security of a company. But how is it that often the IT department is the scapegoat of companies? Almost every department is concerned with strategic planning, long-term goals, measures that are coordinated with each other, and of all things, IT seems to be going haywire. Quick solutions are needed, driven by digititalization pressure triggered by the pandemic, which is giving departments a good run for their money.

“Our IT is not getting off the ground!” or “The IT solutions don’t fit at all” – these or similar statements are often made by friendly colleagues from other departments. From the business perspective, in-house IT is often too slow, does not implement new requirements and presents a patchwork of solutions. IT, on the other hand, sees itself as the driven one, little supported and taken seriously, and in times of pandemic and war, even more pressured and constantly forced to move. Added to this is the budget pressure. Where does this discrepancy in perception come from? Historically, the answer is. This attitude comes from a time when IT was merely a technical service provider for the employees, and this attitude should be urgently revised so that there is better cooperation for the sake of the company’s success.

This is because the company’s own IT represents the link between business and technology within the company. It is therefore an essential component in the development of corporate strategies and business areas based on new technologies and thus also has an increasingly strong influence on value creation. Improving communication and understanding between business and IT is fundamental and indispensable for successful business models that are adapted to the needs of the market.

New thinking for IT
Old thought patterns must be abandoned in order to embark on a sustainable and strategic development in the right direction,. Start-ups with digital business models, whose approaches can be applied to the ways existing companies function, can serve as a model for this. Startups view IT as a driver whose performance is not measured in terms of saved costs, but rather in terms of the innovative power it delivers. The thought-provoking impulses provided by this IT are highly relevant to the core activities of the company, agile in conception and focused on business-oriented implementability. Away from being a pure service provider and computer nerd to a respected department that does not generate costs, but helps to run a successful and progressive business.

It’s the eleventh hour | Corporate security in times of pandemic and war

Within just 3 years, the world has changed rapidly. A pandemic that not only drove digitization with incredible force, but also made it a requirement from one day to the next. Employees in home offices, uncertainty in securing data, an overburdened corporate IT, limited capacities and a lack of know-how are just some of the reasons for the digitization challenges that gripped companies.

New solutions were introduced, but often somewhat strategically and mindlessly, and without the necessary protection against cyberattacks. As a result, cyberattacks on businesses increased at a rate of 125% (2021 compared to 2020) and often crippled everything. Cybersecurity has been included in the top 5 risks to our global community by the World Economic Forum in 2021. Also, recent high-profile cyberattacks have put cybersecurity at the top of the agenda for key decision makers in organizations and countries.

War follows pandemic

At the beginning of the year, some saw some light at the end of the digitization effort until the next big crisis hits. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine, a human and economic catastrophe that once again exposes the Achilles heel of European companies. Russia is threatening to use cyber-attacks as a weapon, and critical infrastructure companies in particular (electricity, water, gas, etc.) are under severe threat.

It’s really the eleventh hour. e2 Security is the partner at your side when it comes to protection against cyber-attacks, technology trends (Big Data, IoT, Robotics (automation of processes), Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) as well as new business concepts in the area of digitalization such as automation & design of business processes, Future of Work, multisupplier strategies or Omnichannel Logisitcs, to name a few examples.

Effectively and quickly we create transparency, identify vulnerabilities and threats, prioritize and secure your company immediately and cost-efficiently against security gaps. We support your employees in in individual, personalized training courses on topics such as user awareness, phishing and data protection. SMEs in particular often have a hard time recruiting employees with the right know-how. On the website of the German Federal Office for Information Security, you will find initial tips that will help and that we will be happy to implement with you. Further IT projects, such as the creation of IT security strategies and roadmaps, security transformation and consulting, or company-specific IT network analysis taking into account IT network segmentation, round off our portfolio for your security. Get in contact with us!

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Safety First! Cybersecurity in times of Corona

For more than a year now, more people worldwide have been working from home offices than ever before. 

The digitalization of the home has been turbo-charged, but the digital connection to companies has often been more poor than good, primarily in a hurry, so that everyone can continue to work and earn money quickly. But those which cobble together hurriedly open the door to danger from the web.