Security Posture

Do you know how strong your security posture is? Do you even know what a security posture is? It’s OK if you don’t — check out the video below to discover what a security posture is and why it’s important to you.
Are you unsure of how secure your business’ IT systems are? 

Your IT environment deals with a lot of sensitive and valuable information, and as such, you can often be targeted by viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious digital threats.

That’s why it’s so important to manage your security posture — check out our latest Coffee Break With Fuelled Video to find out how:

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What Is A “Security Posture”?

If you haven’t heard that term before, that’s OK, it’s not overly common outside the IT industry. In a nutshell, security posture refers to an organization’s overall cybersecurity strength and how well it can predict, prevent and respond to changing cybercrime threats. 

There are 5 components to your cybersecurity posture:

  1. Networks
  2. Information security
  3. Network security
  4. Data security
  5. Internet security

Maintaining these components involves regular maintenance, testing and management practices, from penetration testing to data breach prevention and security awareness training for staff members. 

It’s important to understand that your security posture is not static. The cybercrime world is constantly changing, and so, your cybersecurity posture can’t be set in stone. You have to be constantly adapting and updating to stay secure. 

How Can You Develop And Improve Your Security Posture?

You begin the process by understanding your cyber risk. Cybersecurity starts from a place of knowledge,  so you need to assess and test your security posture to determine where your vulnerabilities are. 

To do so, you must undergo a cybersecurity assessment:

  • Security Measures: The assessment should determine the strength of your current passwords, the validity of any firewalls in place, and any implementations of control lists that determine what users have access to sensitive information.  By ensuring these security standards are properly configured and up-to-date, your systems will be that much more difficult to compromise.
  • Reliable Failsafes: Despite best efforts, even the strongest security measures can be overcome, whether it’s a data breach or an unexpected emergency on your premises. An assessment will verify that you have regular backups kept at on- and off-site locations that can be relied upon in the case of any disaster.
  • Documentation: Don’t leave anything open to interpretation, or left in an email that can’t be found when needed. Document all policies and expectations, and likewise, track any and all reporting that you feel you should be in possession of for your own edification.
  • Comprehensive Maintenance: If your security measures are not updated regularly they can become ineffective quickly. In the course of an assessment, you can make sure that your security settings meet industry standards, that maintenance programming is configured to operate automatically, and that any past employees have been removed from the system (a dangerous error that is often overlooked).

Need Assistance Developing Your Security Posture?

You can’t be unsure about your security posture — any uncertainty means there’s could be an unaddressed vulnerability in your systems. 

Let us help you find out for sure — the Fuelled Networks team can assess your security posture and make recommendations for how to improve. Get in touch with our team to get started. 

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.