Tips to Avoid IT Security Pitfalls: What Drives the Need for Improved Security?

By Amos Aesoph, Xigent CISO

As cybersecurity experts, we find that organizations are often confused about how and when they should improve their IT security. In part 2 of our “Tips to Avoid IT Security Pitfalls” series, Xigent’s Chief Information Security Officer, Amos Aesoph, covers common scenarios that motivate organizations to improve their IT security.

What Drives the Need for Improved Security?

There are multiple factors that need to be considered when an organization is pondering whether or not to improve its IT security.

External Factors

External factors driving IT security improvements include security events, cyberattacks, industry mandates, regulations, audits, or customer and partner requirements.

Internal Factors

Various factors that arise within your organization can be board-driven, senior management requests, internal audits, or assessment findings.

Organizations that adhere to compliance requirements are often held to higher IT security standards. These compliance requirements could include Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the Sarbanes Oxley Act, or other related requirements.


A simple gut feeling from senior management, IT leadership, or others within the organization can spark a change in IT security improvements. Sometimes, it can simply come down to understanding that things just aren’t where they need to be and the company has a desire to improve.

Where to Begin?

Taking the steps to improve your organization’s IT security can come with challenges and questions. Xigent can assist you throughout this process with SecurPath – a defined plan on how to improve your IT security.

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Want to Learn More Xigent IT Security Tips?

Be sure to check out Xigent’s SecurPath web pages, follow us on social media, and stay tuned to watch and read parts 1-5 of Xigent’s Tips to Avoid IT Security Pitfalls series to stay up to date on IT Security topics:

Xigent’s Tips to Avoid IT Security Pitfalls

Part 1 – Common IT Business Risks
Part 2 – What Drives the Need for Improved Security?
Part 3 – How Secure Should Organizations Be?
Part 4 – How Do I Measure Security Effectiveness?
Part 5 – How Do I Improve My Information Security?