Many organisations have set on a journey of digital transformation. This journey has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic with putting in place systems and processes to allow working from home.
However, digital transformation requires 100% uptime for organisations. Cyber criminals have realised this and are taking advantage of this opportunity for them. That is why the development and implementation of a complete cyber security strategy is essential for every organisation and should be a priority for Senior Management.
Every business should start with the following mindset:
“We are a target for hackers and a cyber attack or data breach can happen to us”
Too many organisations we meet don’t consider themselves a likely target for hackers. This can be because they are “only a SME business,” or “we have nothing valuable on offer for hackers to exploit or to be interested in.”
Therefore the first challenge is to actually understand and recognise the need and urgency of having a robust cyber strategy in place. A cyber security strategy that is supported by technology that will protect your increasingly digitised operations.
If the best cyber security strategy is one that covers all bases, where do you start and what should it include? Let’s look at five essential focus areas.
We mentioned it before, but cyber security must be the responsibility of the entire business, starting with the board-level executives. Cyber security is too important to make your IT Team the sole responsible party for it. Senior Management or Executives should be attending any discussion around pro-active prevention of cyber security vulnerabilities and treating them as a business priority.
Security strategies are often considered a large investment with little measurable return. In reality, the actual cost of downtime, repairs and damaged reputation can be catastrophic to a business.
You can compare investments in pro-active cyber security measures with your investment in physical building security. You invest in access management, CCTV, security guards, etc., but how do you measure the return on this? Is that by not losing equipment to theft? Cyber security is similar, you invest, so you don’t lose your Intellectual Property, your data, your vendors’ data or your customers’ data through theft.
Once your business understood the importance of implementing a robust cyber security strategy, it is vital to think about the preventative steps you can take to mitigate any disasters from happening. A reactive approach is more common than a proper pro-active strategy. However, both should be thought about in parallel to achieve optimised security and IT resilience.
There are great technologies available for effective prevention of cyber threats. You should research the tools and applications that are designed to test, track, monitor and react.
Data security is crucial for every business, big and small. The data can be of any type, but what you need to aware of is those data contain valuable information. Moreover, it is to keep in mind that if this data is lost then it is often impossible to replace. In addition, if this data gets in the hands of cyber criminals then they can cause serious harm such as identity theft.
Every organisation needs to enforce a data security policy to protect the data. And in order to set this policy, an organisation should understand and follow the steps mentioned below:
Although this seems to be obvious, many of times this can be an overlooked item. Most organisations will have a decent level of network security, however some areas can easily be overlooked.
An organisation’s network should be separated from the public internet. Therefore, a policy should be enforced such as adopting firewalls to monitor and filter incoming and outgoing traffic.
We recently had a meeting with a prospective customer. When we deployed our pen testing solution, we could access their network through their public domain and communicated with their printers in the office. Clearly, this organisation hadn’t separated their network from the public internet, creating critical vulnerabilities.
Every organisation should identify the network’s boundary and entry points. Moreover, after identifying the boundaries it must be evaluated to determine which type of security protocols should be implemented based on boundary and entry points.
Email plays a crucial role in our everyday business. It’s used to communicate with clients, colleagues or vendors. However, email isn’t considered a secure channel of communication because of cyber security threats and vulnerabilities.
Therefore, it’s needless to say every organisation must implement a strong email security policy. Let’s discuss a few methods you can implement:
To secure your organisation, there are several parameters that you need to focus on. Prioritising on which security measures should be implemented first is essential for building your strategy. All a cyber criminal needs is one single loophole to exploit your network and take what they want. We hope this article provides you with a framework for building and implementing your cyber security strategy.
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