Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions for IT & Security Executives
It wasn’t long ago that we said our farewells to 2018. With every new year comes the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to existing practices within your organization, such as cyber security.
Whether or not you keep your personal New Year’s resolutions, implementing and maintaining your organization’s security procedures is an objective that must be top of mind for every employee. Already, damages related to cyber-attacks is expected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. No matter your industry, organizations can only avoid cybercrime if proper policies are implemented and your cyber security defenses are understood, verified and enforced.
Why not start off 2019 with cyber security as your top priority? In today’s volatile data management landscape, it is more important than ever before that information technology (IT) and security executives keep these three cyber security New Year’s resolutions in mind:
Stay on Top of Current Trends and Adapt
In the domain of cybersecurity, the threat landscape is constantly changing. While nearly 60 percent of malicious domains are associated with spam campaigns, it is vital to have a grasp on the overall landscape of cyber security issues and the avenues through which your organization can be affected.
This is why it is important to subscribe to trends, expand your knowledge of potential threats and stay up-to-date with emerging technologies. Part of maintaining this awareness is to implement consistent system monitoring, either in-house or outsourced to a third party.
In addition to continuously training your employees and utilizing security resources, organizations must also be willing to adapt. If there is a major shift occurring in the cyber security landscape, IT executives must spearhead change and improve both technical controls and organizational procedures.
Understand How Threats May Impact You
Where do your greatest vulnerabilities stem from? Nearly half of the security risks that companies face come from having multiple security products and vendors. Knowing the channels in which cyber-criminals may attack your organization is key to defending against the most dangerous breaches.
One way to understand the threats your organization faces is to undergo a thorough risk assessment. Organizations should also consider penetration testing, which will identify all of the holes in your current system and categorize the risk factor. Both of these actions will help you to monitor your organization’s threats on an ongoing basis in the new year.
Don’t Cut Your IT and Security Resources
Last year, Accenture reported the average cost of a malware attack for a single company being close to $2.4 million—with over 50 days needed to repair the issue. Still, not all organizations see cyber security as a top priority when it comes to spending.
In 2019, the only way to protect against large-scale breaches is to invest in your IT and security resources. If your existing staff can oversee data management and repair issues in the event of a cyber-attack, you are in good shape. You may, however, need to hire new talent if your staff members cannot account for all of your information technology needs.
Additionally, it may be worthwhile to seek assistance from third-party firms for a fresh perspective. Using an outside firm does not undermine the capabilities of your team; rather, it adds an extra layer of defense to your cyber security defenses.
If you are looking for a third party to conduct a risk assessment, penetration testing or identify the gaps in your cybersecurity program, SubRosa Cyber Solutions is prepared to assist your organization today.
2019 is here to stay—and there’s no time like the present to augment your security defenses.