Not sure of your cybersecurity preparedness? Ask yourself these critical questions…

Cybercriminals pose a real threat to businesses, with attacks on SMBs increasing by 400%. Staying proactive can help identify vulnerability and protect your business from exposure to loss of revenue and reputation. Cybersecurity preparedness begins with an assessment of your existing cyber strategy.

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Trying to monitor and analyze the activity in a network can be complex, especially with legacy cybersecurity solutions. A periodic assessment of your organization’s level of preparedness is therefore important. Below are some of the critical points to consider:

Can you accurately measure breach risk?

Detecting early warning signs of a potential cyber risk exposure is important as it enables an organization to quickly move to mitigate threats. Your cyber strategy should be able to identify risks on an ongoing basis, allow for the prioritization of these risks based on potential impacts and enable the cybersecurity team to focus on the most critical issues.

What is your cybersecurity resilience?

Cyber resilience is your organization’s ability to respond and recover from a cyberattack, while continuing to keep the business operating. It also involves the organization’s ability to build more resilience to meet potential future disruptions. In reality, no matter what the cyber strategy an organization has in place, a cyber incident is likely to happen. Ensuring cybersecurity resilience typically includes getting or remaining compliant with one or more security standards or controls. It also requires reviewing staff training, checking security standards as well as policies and procedures.

How bulletproof are your cybersecurity controls?

Keeping your organization safe, requires you to have critical security controls to protect itself from persistent threats while satisfying regulatory and compliance requirements. The level of controls can range from basic to advanced depending on the size of the organization and type of security frameworks (NIST, CIS, other) being used. If your cybersecurity strategy provides you a holistic view of the performance of your critical controls, it makes it easier to make adjustments as needed.

How efficient is your asset management?

Implementing an effective cybersecurity program starts with maintaining an accurate inventory of all devices on the network. Most organizations start by maintaining a manual list, which becomes difficult to manage, increases the risk of a device not having adequate protection and resulting in the organization being vulnerable to an attack. To reduce risk, take the guesswork out of asset management, with an efficient cybersecurity strategy that can detect a device the moment it connects to the network.

How capable are you at identifying advanced persistent threats?

Traditional threat detection and response strategies are reactionary and fail to protect organizations from advanced persistent threats. Cybersecurity strategies that are configured with disjointed, complex tools lead to security personnel fatigue, while not being able to bring their attention to critical issues. Enhancing your cybersecurity strategy to proactively hunt for threats based on atypical behavior, allows their classification based on severity with only statistically significant events being reported.

The urgency around cybersecurity preparedness.

The risk from cyberattacks on companies, government agencies and individuals has sharply increased from 2020. The Solar Winds attack as well as the recent attack on a US fuel pipeline, are a few examples of the threat and sophistication of this reality. Organizations are today facing unprecedented cybersecurity risks with the rapid adoption of digital virtual environments, coupled with inadequate cybersecurity preparedness, leaving them vulnerable to a cyberattack.

Want to learn more on how to be better prepared?

Reach out to the cybersecurity experts at ProtechSuite to understand your level of preparedness and see if they can help.

An Article by

J-SAS Inc. ProtechSuite, May 28, 2021

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