Why you can significantly improve your IT security with standard products

IT departments are under massive pressure. There is a lack of time, people and money. So the magic word is “standardization”. And with it comes the abandonment of “custom” solutions.

The IT department, an eager beaver

If you work in the IT department of a company, you certainly won’t be bored. There are new workstation computers to set up, company notebooks to maintain and servers to upgrade. The upper management and the new CTO want to jump full throttle into the topic of IoT, while the colleagues from marketing have been waiting for months for the omnipotent software suite to be activated. And the field staff need new smartphones and tablets for their work as soon as possible.

Was there something else? Oh yes, someone also has to take care of information security, data protection, IT compliance and the associated risk assessments. Hmm … where could that be slotted in? Maybe there’s some time next month?

Do you know such a work situation? Probably.

The shortage of skilled workers is a brake on digitalization

According to a survey by Bitkom Research, around 96,000 IT jobs were alone unfilled in Germany in 2021. This shows that there is a massive shortage of skilled workers. A shortage that companies can hardly solve even by adding consultants. Because the market for IT specialists is almost empty everywhere.

Due to the rapidly advancing digitalization, we assume that the situation will not ease in the foreseeable future – “new blood” is coming in too slowly. And outsourcing to nearshore and offshore countries is anything but easy, especially when it comes to IT security.

IT security suffers from the shortage of skilled workers

When there is a shortage of staff, IT experts (inevitably) mutate into veritable jack-of-all-trades. They have to take care of countless construction sites at the same time. The pressure grows. Sometimes a few topics fall by the wayside. Or they cannot be carried out with the quality that would be necessary.

In our experience, one topic that is often – unfortunately very often – neglected is information security. Topics frequently prioritised on management slides, such as zero trust and system hardening, tend to fall behind. Such activities are sometimes carried out once by external IT consultants and then handed over to the line. From then on, necessary changes, adjustments or checks no longer take place because of the lack of resources.

The result: hackers and other cyber criminals are happy about this situation.

But what happens when an issue is on fire? In the past, companies resorted to a simple solution: they hired specialised staff and brought in external service providers. A project was “scaled” through the human factor. But that is no longer possible today. There simply aren’t enough IT specialists on the market to consistently and sustainably pursue the topics of information security and data protection, for example.

Standardization with low code & no code platforms?

Low code and no code platforms are currently in vogue. Behind them are solutions with which IT experts can develop their own applications, for example web and smartphone apps. And this with manageable effort.

The idea: Applications are largely created via graphical user interfaces, and developers only have to write a small amount of programm code. Often even at a low level, hence the term low code.

No code solutions are a further development of the low code principle. Here, any kind of code is dispensed with, everything runs – metaphorically speaking – as in Lego building.

Low  and no code tools significantly relieve your IT department. For example, you can automate and standardize time-consuming processes that are normally carried out by hand. This results in digital scaling and a significant improvement in efficiency.

#NoCodeHardening as a clear relief

One area of application for no code and low code solutions is the regular system hardening and monitoring of IT infrastructures. If done manually, such tasks eat up an extremely large amount of time, thousands of lines of code (mostly in PowerShell) have to be written and maintained. This is precisely the time that is rarely available in IT departments.

With standard products such as the Enforce Administrator you can carry out fully automated system hardening – true to the no-code concept: easily configurable, manageable and transparent in monitoring.

That’s why we speak of #NoCodeHardening in this case.

PS: The Enforce Administrator is also available as a managed service. This means that the specialists at FB Pro GmbH look after the system hardening of your complete IT system architecture and are continuously available to you as consultants.

Conclusion: Standardisation and automation help!

IT experts are becoming increasingly important in companies. Almost nothing works without them. The areas of responsibility are growing from day to day, along with the time pressure and also the risks from cyber attacks from inside and outside.

But the performance of the employees can only be scaled to a small extent according to the classical approach. Therefore, standardized solutions are needed that can nevertheless be flexibly integrated into company processes.

Low code and no code systems – when used correctly – provide significant relief. Complicated and time-consuming processes can be automated very quickly. This frees up the IT experts for other things.

Not only that: the level of your IT security improves, since, for example, the monitoring and optimisation of system hardening runs in the background and serves the standard processes in the company (such as incident or change management).

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