For the Love of Cyber: How to Rekindle Your Relationship with Cybersecurity

Roses are red, violets are blue, we love cybersecurity, how about you?

Whether you’ve got Valentine’s Day plans with your significant other or will be celebrating Singles Awareness Day with friends, we can all agree that this time of year we’re all really thinking about one thing: cybersecurity. Or maybe that’s just us at GreyCastle Security – we do cybersecurity all day, every day so it can be hard to tell. Regardless, one thing that we’re 100% sure about is that, in the same way you need to nurture romantic relationships, you need to nurture your cybersecurity program.


 


Swipe right on security this Valentine’s Day.

 

Are you in love with your cybersecurity program? If not, maybe it’s time for a little “couple’s therapy” to help you reconnect with cybersecurity best practices. Here are a few things we recommend:

Perform a risk assessment.

The goal of any risk assessment will be to identify, prioritize, and measure your organization’s cybersecurity risk. The type of risk assessment your organization requires will depend upon your business strategy, industry, and regulatory requirements. The threat landscape is ever-evolving – and that’s what your cybersecurity program needs to be, too. By performing a risk assessment, you’ll learn the acceptable amount of risk to your business and how close you are to actually reaching that state. A risk assessment will help you identify the gaps in your security as well as how to close them. It will also allow you to focus on the critical areas rather than low-hanging fruit.

Perform a vulnerability assessment.

System weaknesses can be exploited by hackers to disrupt your business and expose sensitive information. You’ll want to find your vulnerabilities before hackers do. A vulnerability assessment is a comprehensive process for identifying, measuring, and ranking the security vulnerabilities in your business environment. It provides your organization with the knowledge and risk profile necessary to understand these threats to your business and react accordingly. Depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, the maturity of your cybersecurity controls and your regulatory requirements, we recommend pairing this with penetration testing.

Create a culture of awareness.

Creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness within your organization won’t happen overnight. But have you heard the expression, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”? The same goes for starting your awareness program. People are your greatest risk, but they don’t have to be. Your employees and coworkers are motivated by convenience, not cybersecurity best practices. Knowing this, you can build a cybersecurity awareness program that motivates them to change behaviors and reduce people risk. An aware and educated employee base means better data security organization-wide.

Put an incident response plan into place.

You will experience a cybersecurity incident. It’s not “if,” it’s “when.” Your organization needs strong policies, processes, and plans in place to respond to a cybersecurity incident in a timely manner. Having these elements as well as knowledge and preparation in place before you need them can mean the difference between a total loss and a successful outcome. Your incident response plan should include your process for responding to an incident as well as contact information for your legal team, forensics firms, insurance, and any other contacts you’ll need to reach ASAP. Once you have a plan in place, it’s time to test it. An incident response plan is no good to you if all it does is gather dust on a shelf. You need to be able to implement it quickly and efficiently when an incident occurs. Test your plan and train your team on your process.

Those are just a few things you can do to rekindle your relationship with your cybersecurity program. Need a little help making the first move? We love playing matchmaker – we promise we’ve got a Security Specialist that’s perfect for your business. Email us at intel@greycastlesecurity.com or call (518) 274-7233.