Cybercrime is getting worse as time goes on. Hackers are attacking every 39 seconds. You’ve likely heard about the basics: anti-virus software, strong passwords, firewalls. But is that enough? The simplest answer: no way. You need a more advanced cybersecurity strategy, but that starts with understanding your security posture. Do you know:
Your security posture refers to your ability to defend against cybercrime with the right tools, processes, and procedures. It’s all about having an understanding of your environment:
However, your security posture is never static. Instead, it should always be changing to respond to the evolving world of cybercrime. If you have fragmented tools in place, that’s simply not enough.
Organizations of all types and sizes are targets for cybercriminals. Small businesses, especially, are targets because it’s easier to target multiple small businesses with fewer security measures than one large corporation with advanced security measures. Small businesses account for roughly 43% of cyber attack victims. Let’s take a look at the most common causes of a data breach to keep in mind:
There are various layers when it comes to understanding and improving your security posture. Here are our recommended steps:
Perform a risk assessment
First and foremost, a risk assessment should be used to identify the level of risk currently presented in terms of your assets. You should review all of your systems, processes, and procedures to identify areas that are weak and need improvement.
Create a cybersecurity framework
A cybersecurity framework is a series of documentation that outlines your best practices, policies, and procedures necessary to achieve your preferred, or in some cases, required by law cybersecurity standards.
Start with addressing vulnerabilities
Go through your list of vulnerabilities found in your risk assessment and address them before anything else. Keep in mind, you should be ranking those vulnerabilities according to the risk they pose to the organization.
Implement enterprise-grade security tools
Enterprise-grade security tools are necessary for businesses of all types and sizes. This should include your basics, such as anti-virus software and spam filtering, as well as more complex tools like multi-factor authentication, endpoint protection software, and firewalls.
Provide ongoing security awareness training
Your team members will need ongoing security awareness training that covers the different types of threats out there – both known and emerging – as well as how to respond to them appropriately.
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