It’s generally agreed that before you can protect against cybersecurity risks you first need to identify them.
This involves identifying your risks and vulnerabilities and applying administrative actions and comprehensive solutions to make sure your organization is adequately protected.
Your first step should be a risk assessment to understand what might make your business attractive to cybercriminals and where your main vulnerabilities lie.
Cybersecurity professions recommend starting with some basic questions, such as:
- What information do we collect?
- How do we store it?
This needs to be followed up by an examination of how your organization currently protects its data and then an evaluation of how secure your computers are as well as your network, email and other tools.
This assessment should also include internal threats as well as external ones. While the word hacker may conjure up visions of a malevolent cloaked individual in some remote corner of the world, or a shadowy presence on the Dark Web, you should acknowledge the potential for a disgruntled or heavily indebted employee to steal intellectual property or commit cyber-enabled economic fraud.
Your company’s risk vulnerability assessment should be followed up by an impact analysis that examines the possible financial, operational and reputational consequences of a serious cyber-attack.
If you have a business continuity plan or resilience plan, you should already have a clear picture of the costs linked to IT failures or business interruption. If not, a specialist can guide you through this process, and ready-to-use questionnaires are available to help you collect information from various parts of your business.
The final step needs to be how your organization prioritizes the resolution of immediate flaws in securing company data. If you make any changes to your system security, test them to ensure you have not only closed the holes but that the changes haven’t negatively impacted any of your other systems.
Since there is no way to protect your business 100% from attempted cybercrime, you also need to be prepared in the event of an attack. Ensure everyone knows exactly what they need to do and when, and that they have the skills and resources in place to do it.
Want to know more? Tonex offers Fundamentals of Threats and Risk Management Training, a 2-day course where participants learn the history behind cybersecurity and requirements of a secured network in the modern cyber world. The training also helps you to understand the common threats and attacks as well as the results of each attack on security and reliability of a network.
Additionally, Tonex offers nearly three dozen more courses in Cybersecurity Foundation. This includes cutting edge courses like:
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