Our world has experienced an explosion in the number of solutions, providers, and recommended steps so as to secure a company’s environment and protect it against recent cyberattacks. This is the reason that many enterprises are struggling to get their arms around cybersecurity.
With so many alternatives and no proper solution, it is a little tricky to know where to start. But, one place to begin is to establish the core elements for a foolproof cybersecurity risk mitigation plan. This plan should incorporate proven elements that have been used by public and private sector players alike for some time. Let us have a look at the roadmap that will facilitate businesses to prepare for a strong cybersecurity foundation.
The first step in the Next Generation Cybersecurity Roadmap is to take a thorough inventory.
Check for the data assets you have, their accessibility or vulnerability from external and internal threats, the information you have that would attract hackers, personally identifiable information, financial data, client information, transaction-related data. This is not it. All those assets that your company considers as “crown jewels” and the outsiders find it very attractive should be taken into consideration. You must check for all the data that is segmented or separate so as to know a single attack or penetration will allow for the level of loss of critical information.
All this detail will be critical to help your company determine what is most important, where the highest level of protection is required and where & how to focus your efforts as you move into the evaluation of existing protections.
Evaluate Existing Protections
The next step in the Next Generation Cybersecurity Roadmap to cybersecurity is establishing what tools, processes, and resources your company already has in place to protect the data assets. For instance, does your organization have “CISO in a box” or any other third-party provided solutions?
Cataloging your resource skills and determining if more training will be required to address the current threat landscape is the right point to start. You can check the retention steps that your company takes to ensure that your staff is happy and engaged. According to research, particularly the labor market for tech, cyber is red-hot and people are leaving their current employers for 2, 3, 4, or more job offers at a time.
You must take some time to evaluate the internal and third-party services and tools that are in use. You must keep a check on how these tools align with the cyber landscape and how third-party service providers have differentiated themselves in demonstrating consistent value and thought leadership to your company.
You must also confirm that your data is backed-up comprehensively and regularly and you should also determine what relationships are already in place with law enforcement resources. You must know who to call and how they will respond before a breach happens.
Create Your Cybersecurity Forecast & Test It
The third step is to create a forecasted view of the future. For this, you can utilize sources of cyber threat intelligence, combine it with expertise so as to analyze the intelligence and identify the threats relative to your company’s operations. There are multiple threat intelligence sources, coming from a variety of providers, like some are paid, some are free, some are from private sector sources, and some are more public and broadly available.
Obtaining threat intelligence is one step, but being able to analyze and understand what is actually important and meaningful for your company can be a little challenging.
You must develop and manage test runs for cyber breaches to provide practice opportunities and determine what happens and how parties should act, in case a cyber breach occurs. These test runs can include performing red team exercises annually, including every key player in the company, from CEO to down.
This tabletop exercise is often where the real story is told because you may not want to learn that you have a way to contact these key resources as all the contact lists would be there on the network and the network is effectively shut-down due to a hack or cyber-attack. This exercise breathes life into the concepts and concerns and makes it real for the businesses.
Given that an attack of some kind is more than likely to occur at some point, focusing on both prevention and recovery can ensure that a business minimizes the opportunities for an attack and is prepared to recover from it as quickly as possible.
Neumetric excels in cybersecurity, consulting & product organization, security cost reduction without compromising your security posture. We have come a long way with years of in-depth experience in handling security for organizations despite their size, industry, or demographics. This has made it easier for us to quickly execute cost-cutting activities, while you focus on the business objective of the organization.