Racing the Risk
Panicked responses to cyber-attacks often result in a race against risk that leads to rash and costly actions. If your organisation falls victim to a cyber-attack, the natural response is to take urgent action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. This can lead to the hasty purchasing of ineffective and expensive products or services that claim to be the solution to all of your problems.
The risk then becomes that the leadership of said organisation now believes that they’re safe from a future breach, a dangerous attitude to have.
However, with cybercrime and the tactics used by hackers constantly evolving, an organisation must also keep their knowledge of defences current and updated.
Smaller organisations and those that don’t have the budgets to implement costly security measures or recruit cyber specialist roles, in particular, will struggle and the promise of a fix-it-all (the mythical silver bullet) will be particularly tempting.
Instead of panicking and potentially making a costly and ineffective purchase of the latest cybersecurity gizmos you should take a step back and formulate a plan so that the next time an incident occurs you can handle it in a calmer and more organised way.
Make a plan
According to several surveys such as the Ipsos MORI and Institute for Criminal Studies Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017, only 33% of companies have formal policies that cover cybersecurity risks, and just 11% have a cyber incident management plan in place.
Having a plan in place can greatly reduce both the stress and damage caused by cyber-attacks.
Think of your cyber hygiene as you would your dental hygiene. Brush your teeth every day, don’t wait until the damage is done and you won’t be need the (expensive) dentist treatment.
What should be considered?
Develop policies and procedures that -
- Help employees understand how they can prevent incidents and identify security threats.
- Identify the financial and information assets that are important to your business and the technology that you rely on.
- Identify risks to those systems and the steps needed to lessen them.
- Ensure that everyone knows their roles before, during and after an incident. From the CEO to the marketing team, most people have a role to play in mitigating the damage.
- Ensure that only those people that need it have access and permissions to sensitive data and systems.
Cybersecurity assessments can also be of benefit. XQ for example provides assessments that quickly and cost effectively highlight areas where immediate action can achieve demonstrable benefits to an organisation’s security posture. Our experts assess the threats to an organisation and create bespoke programmes of testing to simulate the most likely ways that it will be attacked. This allows an organisation to assess the effectives of their current (if they have any) policies, people and processes and technology.
CyberScore™ can be an integral part of any organisations’ cybersecurity. By performing regular scans of networks, it can help you keep on top of any discovered vulnerabilities. The Get Well Plans it produces provides an easy to understand set of suggestions that can help improve the organisation’s overall security score.
CyberScore™ automatically analyses the data mined from inside and outside an organisation, identifies any vulnerabilities found, and relays this information back to the user, with a rating from 1–10 for the internal assessment and a letter from A-F for the external, along with the option of a Get-Well Plan to remediate any issues.
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