There is no day that goes by without us reading about cybersecurity breaches in some way. Companies around the world have one goal due to the rise in cybercrime: to protect their data. No matter the size of the organization, cybercrime poses a threat. While companies with an online presence are more vulnerable than smaller businesses without many internet interfaces, that doesn’t make them any less safe. Companies must invest in cybersecurity to protect their data and business from hackers and cyber-criminals.
Companies hire IT professionals, better known as chief information security officers or CISOs, to secure their network and protect their data. The efficiency of CISOs, and their team members, is crucial to the safety of a company against cybercriminals. This blog will help you to create a checklist for cybersecurity success if you are one of these professionals.
Regular Audits Are Important To Find Strengths and Weaknesses
It is crucial to be aware of the strengths and limitations of your security program. Cybersecurity is not a program that can be implemented once and done. It must be continuously audited and updated. The lack of a current audit can cause employees to be overconfident about the security program’s effectiveness, which could lead to disaster. Let’s face it, basic firewalls and virus protection are no longer sufficient to protect an enterprise against malicious attacks. It is high-time to use sophisticated, intelligent technologies that can measure issues such as user and entity behavior, privileged access behaviors and roles and permissions, security alerts, and security event alerts. It is important to review password policies and the backup and disaster recovery systems. Regular audits of the security program can help to identify any loopholes. This will allow you to identify potential threats early on and give you ample time to choose the right technologies to reduce vulnerabilities.
Unaware employees pose a serious threat
Even if you have a sophisticated security program, it won’t be enough to ensure safety for your organization. If employees aren’t aware of best practices for data management, they can cause serious damage to your organization. A recent survey found that nearly 60% of data security breaches are caused by employees who are negligent or malicious. Employees must be taught about security and reminded about it on a regular basis. This will help employees deal with phishing attacks. The employees will also benefit from a cybersecurity audit, which will help them identify potential threats and strengthen the cybersecurity arrangement. As an expert professional, you are responsible for making sure that employees are aware of the security program. Your job also includes reviewing and communicating the penalties for misuse of company data. To set an example, such malicious employees must be punished. After a breach is identified, do not forget to change your password or other security permissions.
Plan B is a must-have
We can’t ignore the fact hackers are getting more sophisticated every day and that there are many attack vectors. No matter how well you secure your network, cyber attacks are always possible. Even if you have taken the first two steps, I recommend that you always have a backup plan, or as we call it, ‘Plan B’. Advance planning will allow you to quickly respond to unexpected attacks and help you mitigate the damage. Cyber insurance policies are one example of this advance planning. These policies are also known as cyber liability insurance.