Use these essential cybersecurity approaches to protect your organization
Keeping up with cybersecurity best practices can be a daunting task. Between constantly changing technology and increased regulations, companies need to work hard to ensure they remain compliant and adequately protected against the next big data breach. This is accomplished by instituting cybersecurity technology, policies, and practices that are both comprehensive and fluid. But at the highest, most basic level, there are four essential cybersecurity principles that dictate the fine details:
1. Prevent as much as you possibly can
In a perfect world, we would be able to prevent all cyber-attacks from happening. Unfortunately, hackers are vigilant, security technology is imperfect, and criminals are constantly devising ways to probe for weaknesses in your cybersecurity defenses. They know that no cybersecurity defense system is perfect, in fact by definition that are reactive as they don’t know what the next generation threat will look like.
Nevertheless, there are a host of effective preventative measures that can be used to reduce the number of cyber-attacks that can affect your organization. Some of the most common include firewalls, antimalware solutions, endpoint protection tools, intrusion prevention systems, spam filtering, and web and content filters.
2. Detect and react to what you can’t prevent
Because prevention should only be part of any effective cybersecurity strategy, organizations must also have mechanisms in place to detect and react to any threats that successfully breached the organization’s network infrastructure. A survey of business executives reported in the Insurance Journal shows that roughly half ofU.S. businesses were hacked at some point over the past year. This drives home the very real possibility that, despite your best cybersecurity efforts, hackers may still gain access to your data.
By taking the approach that your organization will have to deal with data breaches from time to time, you’ll be far better prepared than if you ignore the possibility. Most organizations that effectively manage and react to databreaches are using security information and event management (SIEM) systems. These tools pull data from log files, applications, network infrastructure appliances, and other areas across an organization to look for suspicious behavior.
Because of the sheer amount of data generated by most organizations, SIEM tools often take a “big data” approach to recognizing abnormalities that often are the first signs of cyber-attacks. The benefit of a SIEMsystem is that it can detect a potential attack before it spirals out of control within an organization’s network infrastructure; and in the case of CyberGuard360’sCyberGlass with CyberGlassAI, actually, take immediate steps to address the problem.
3. Have clear processes in place for when abreach occurs
Organizations need to have processes as well as tools in place to handle a breach. There needs to be a clear designation of who is able to declare an event as a legitimate breach and what steps are to be taken when a breach occurs. To help prepare for a data breach, organizations should look at performing incident response tests at least once per year to ensure everyone is adequately trained and prepared for an actual attack.
4. Invest in regular training to maintain vigilance within your organization
With hackers constantly changing their approach, it’s important that organizations invest in cybersecurity training on an ongoing basis to ensure employees are looking out for the most best practices used at any given time, such as phishing and vishing. and increased also keeps these important topics in the forefront of everyone’s mind,the highestwhich should help better prepare employees for a legitimate attack.
The technology surrounding cybersecurity training has improved dramatically. Tools now exist that allow you to create simulated attacks and learn how your organization responds. This can be a more effective form of preparation than simply tasking your employees with reading through large amounts of dry text outlining the importance of cybersecurity.
Is your organization prepared to respond to a cybersecurity attack?
If you’re concerned that your organization may be falling short when it comes to cybersecurity, reach out to the Absolute Logic team today. We have decades of experience helping organizations in the New York area and beyond craft and implement robust but realistic cybersecurity policies and technology. Give us a call today at (203) 936-6680 to set up a consultation with one of our cybersecurity experts.