Cybersecurity, or any kind of security for that matter, is often seen as a hindrance to the smooth operations in many organizations. That's because, in these organizations, the security measures are often so strict that they minimize the ease of functioning for the employees. In a bid to prevent their employees from visiting harmful and undesirable sites or stop them from accessing sensitive information, organizations end up denying employees access to sources of information that are essential for their day-to-day operations. And this adversely affects organizational performance.
While it is understandable that it is "better to be safe than sorry", playing it too safe also has consequences. What then, could be the solution to this conundrum? The answer is simple -- contextual intelligence.
Instead of leaving your cybersecurity fences wide open or shutting them too tight, organizations must be able to assess cybersecurity situations on a case-by-case basis. They must be able to understand the context behind every attempt to access or share sensitive information. And for that, they need cybersecurity tools such as firewall solutions that are built with contextual intelligence. These tools can monitor every application and every user for suspicious activities and prevent sensitive information from leaking out. And they can do so without interrupting legitimate attempts to access information from within as well as outside the organization, thus maximizing the productivity without compromising security.