Creating a Cybersecurity Roadmap

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Cybersecurity has always been a challenging task, but never more so than in recent years. The pandemic forced business to transform quickly; stretching networks, and forcing companies to do whatever they could to survive.

Additionally, new innovations upended the marketplace. Suddenly, many companies need to integrate these digital disruptions into their existing cybersecurity models, without considering security implications. Plus, the pandemic created additional risks in many realms and they aren’t going away.

Cybersecurity Roadmap More Important Than Ever

Undoubtedly, cybercrime spiked during the pandemic. One report released in November 2021 found cyber threat increased 81% since the start of the global pandemic.

This isn’t surprising as many companies migrated business processes to the cloud and adopted remote work policies, exposing them to more cybercrime. However, companies also hold more valuable digital assets outside their network, further increasing their risk.

Many companies are also more vulnerable to attack now, because they’ve realigned their supply chains utilizing new, untested partnerships. They’ve also implemented many IoT devices and new software, but haven’t included them in their cybersecurity stack.

Regulatory requirements are also more stringent and demanding. Consequently, businesses often rely on third-party solutions that aren’t well-integrated into their cybersecurity structure.

According to both Ponemon Institute and Verizon reports, small to medium-sized businesses are at most risk of cybercrime. However, no business is immune. Consequently, businesses of all sizes must plot a cybersecurity roadmap now.

Companies face more risks than ever before, threats continue to increase, as does their severity. If companies are to thrive, they must strengthen their measures and build cybersecurity resilience. A clear cybersecurity roadmap makes innovation possible, affordable, and effective.

Business Understands the Need for Improved Cybersecurity

The 2022 Allianz Risk Barometer study revealed cybercrime is top of mind for most businesses (44%). They know they must future-proof their organisation to face growing threats. This includes making a structural, long-term shift to improve operational effectiveness and modernizing their assets. Nonetheless, most businesses haven’t sufficiently tightened their cybersecurity controls, even though they realize the need.

Big data, machine learning, data analytics, cloud computing, robotic automation, virtual reality, 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) may offer suitable answers. Yet, it may be difficult to plot a cybersecurity roadmap, due to the vast range of potential and existing technological solutions and the massive scope of needed change.

Consequently, organisations may experience analysis paralysis or dive in and waste valuable resources on technologies that don’t serve them well.

Fortunately, it is possible for CISO teams to identify the best possible technologies and create a clear, actionable cybersecurity roadmap. EarlyBirds offers many resources of note, including their own cybersecurity roadmap, and more.

Plotting a Roadmap Towards Better Cybersecurity

There’s no need for an organisation to start from scratch. EarlyBirds has already done the legwork needed to connect cybersecurity professionals with effective cybersecurity innovation. They offer a cybersecurity roadmap specifically designed for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) teams.

Cybersecurity professionals can use the map to reverse engineer their cybersecurity challenge and find an appropriate solution, quickly and efficiently.

Global Cybersecurity Roadmap

EarlyBird’s Cybersecurity Roadmap provides a comprehensive, dynamic overview of global cybersecurity innovation capabilities. Organisations can view and assess disruptive solutions from startup and scaleup vendors, as well as mature offerings from well-known suppliers. They can also connect, if they’re interested in what an innovator offers.

Currently, the map has tens of thousands of cybersecurity innovations from almost 100,000 groups. Map information is within cyber themes and subthemes which utilize industry-accepted terms and definitions.

Consequently, cybersecurity professionals can easily view in-depth details on available technologies and innovators, in near real-time. The map helps eliminate time and resources lost searching for what’s already available in the market, or in development. The right solutions can help organisations create a technical or business edge and enhance agility.

EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem

The EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem is a Business-to-Business portal connecting Innovators, Early Adopters, and Subject Matter Experts. Early Adopters are leaders or influencers in an organisation eager to identify new and disruptive technologies. They want to seize opportunities, solve business challenges, or create new products and services.

The Ecosystem has a data pool of over 4 million global innovations that may already address many cybersecurity challenges. Alternatively, organisations can list their challenges and request cybersecurity solutions from innovators.

EarlyBirds Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is tailored towards those who need innovation as a service to supplement existing innovation programs, or to conduct innovation projects when required.

EarlyBirds Challenger Program

The Challenger Program focuses on a single organisational or technical challenge. It looks for the most relevant innovators that meet your organisational, technical, and risk requirements.

The program is run by an EarlyBirds Subject Matter Expert who collects your organisational requirements. The SME then searches the data pool to identify and curate options for further evaluation. The most suitable option is chosen and the SME drafts a roadmap of next steps, POC, trial, or implementation.


EarlyBirds can provide direction and expertise if your organisation needs to create a roadmap towards improved cybersecurity. We can find innovative solutions and connect your organisation to appropriate disruptive technology.

We help organisations find direction and accelerate their innovation, both within their silo and through external collaboration. Our expertise in cybersecurity extends to many sectors including Operations & Maintenance, Energy, Education, Healthcare, the Public Sector, and more.

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