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The Cyber Security Yin and Digital Innovation Yang

Published: 01.04.2018
The Cyber Security Yin and Digital Innovation Yang

The ubiquitous yin-yang symbol used in this article requires special credit, acknowledgment, and respect to the ancient wisdom of the Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese religion and philosophy.


There is much talk about the need to innovate or die in these modern digital times. This is partly true, but missing the other equally critical defence to your digital Innovation attack, being your Cyber Security.

Therefore, I abstractly propose analogistically looking at the principle of Yin and Yang. This is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture. Being that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, for example, female-male, dark-light and old-young and now digital innovation, and cybersecurity.

Digital Innovation


Gartner defines innovation management as a business discipline that aims to drive a repeatable, sustainable innovation process or culture within an organization. Innovation management initiatives focus on disruptive or step changes that transform the business in some significant way.

Most businesses focus on digitally enabled innovation. Opting for the discovery of new ways to disrupt the competition and gain a competitive advantage. This creates an urgency to develop at rapid speed. It seems virtually everyone seems to want to migrate to the Cloud and build a mobile app for every requirement going. This is great as this does enable businesses to innovate. However, at the same time the ongoing protection of this innovation can be overlooked.

Cyber Security


The more we innovate the more risks we accumulate. The mitigation of these risks requires Integrated Risk Management (IRM) and a multi-layered defence strategy. The shift to mobile first innovation and online cloud services, means Mobile Security and Cloud Security solutions must be deployed to protect your mobile workforce. This is a key area for businesses to get right. The urgent need and opportunity to proactively defend our digital innovations from endless known and unknown threats using Zero Day Cyber Security solutions

Balanced by Design

| Connectivity | Interoperability | Mobility | Operability | Portability | Producibility | Simplicity | Usability | Risk Management | Privacy by Design | Security by Design |


Find an equal balance with your Yang Digital Innovation (attack) and Yin Cyber Security (defence). Simply find The Yin and Yang.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you need assistance with Cybersecurity solutions please reach out via our contact page shown below.

Jon Bailey

Independent Consulting and Advisory

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