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Sustainable Cybersecurity and Responsible Citizenship

By: CJ McGillivray

Published On: December 24, 2021

Sustainable Cybersecurity and Responsible Citizenship

Sustainable cybersecurity is the difference between reactive solutions and longstanding business stability. But what is required for cybersecurity to be sustainable and how can you apply those principles to your business? The definition of sustainability is rather contentious, but we can adopt a fairly simple definition for the cyber context. When an organization or business practice is sustainable, it has the capacity to continue functioning effectively over a long period of time. Whatever cybersecurity measures and systems you implement today must also account for the needs of tomorrow. Cybersecurity solutions should therefore be longstanding, preventative, and proactive. Continue reading for a simple breakdown of responsible citizenship, the core principles of sustainable cybersecurity, and how to build a sustainable cyber defence for your business. 

Responsible Citizenship 

Panda Security defines cybersecurity sustainability as “a conscious decision to make our global society a better place for everyone.” When one business gets hacked, the consequences are widespread, potentially exposing sensitive data from partner organizations or external vendors. Therefore, businesses should consider how they personally contribute to a strong community defence and collective threat response. This broad definition from Panda Security also focuses on responsible citizenship in the digital sphere. Their team advises everyone to be a responsible community member, which “means playing your part to help protect others from becoming victims of crime or cyberwarfare.” Essentially, all business owners are responsible for promoting and supporting proper education and ongoing cybersecurity training for their teams. 

Sustainable Principles 

How should teams build a strong foundation in sustainable cybersecurity? In an article on the basic principles of sustainable cybersecurity, established security architect Deepayan Chanda identifies four pillars of sustainable cybersecurity efforts: 

  • Reliability: a solid cybersecurity plan must include fails safes, and multiple layers of independent protection in case any single element fails or becomes corrupted 
  • Accuracy: cybersecurity teams need to target the right vulnerabilities implement the correct solutions before anything becomes a pressing issue 
  • Architecture: aim to build a strong foundation with adequate safeguards and dynamic protective layers 
  • Resiliency: perhaps the best measure of sustainability, resiliency is all about the ability to bounce back and adapt to frequent changes in the world of cybersecurity 

Try assessing your current cybersecurity measures against these four principles to help you identify any gaps, unsustainable expectations or potential vulnerabilities for the future. 

Sustainable Considerations 

Reflecting on how businesses and individuals can achieve sustainable cybersecurity, cyber and technology risk officer Ramy Houssaini suggests that teams consider the following: 

  • How much room is there in your budget for new programs and ideas? 
  • Is there a healthy balance between the number of individual cybersecurity solutions being executed and the number of broader system solutions? 
  • How often is your cybersecurity architecture routinely tested for vulnerabilities and updated or improved? 
  • How much time and effort are being put into analytics? 
  • Does your cybersecurity team have clear, measurable targets they can work towards? 
  • How much manual effort is required to run your cybersecurity defence and how much of that effort could be optimized through automation? 

How does your business fair using these guiding questions? Chances are you will find some room for improvement. Additional certification training and cybersecurity courses are a solid place for you and your team to begin. Sign up for the CompTIA A+ certification training course to build your foundation in cybersecurity, or take things to the next level by registering for the more advanced network+ certification and security+ certification training courses. 


Curious to learn more about building a strong and sustainable cybersecurity defence for your business? Check out our previous blogs about upskilling in cybersecurity and the many reasons why cybersecurity professionals need more support to protect business assets.

Sustainable Cybersecurity and Responsible Citizenship


The information contained in this post is considered true and accurate as of the publication date. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog.


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