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With the cyber security landscape advancing daily with thousands of new threats, it is vital to ensure that your organisation’s approach to good cyber security practices is up to date and comprehensive. For this reason, we have created the following information guidebook to assist you with understanding fundamental principles of good cyber security practices.

Developing a Cyber Security Roadmap

A comprehensive cyber security road map allows you to remove the ‘chance’ factor from daily security needs. It also provides the opportunity to assess possible gaps in your security approach.

The first step in developing a cyber security roadmap is understanding where your organisation is at present, and where you’d like it to be in the future. To do this, you need to define the characteristics of your cyber security approach as well as its specific enabling functions.

By ignoring this vital step in your cyber security approach, you create a window of opportunity for even amateur hackers to compromise the integrity of your security. Without adequate data security controls, any sensitive data that you store would ultimately be at risk of unauthorised access.

There are a few elements that should be addressed when developing your roadmap for cyber security. As an overview, you will need to do the following:

  1. Conduct IT and Risk Assessment
  2. Develop a security policy and outline your strategy
  3. Identify your implementation blueprint
  4. Undertake security testing to identify barriers or holes
  5. Outline Risk Management approach

By working off the above, you will soon be able to execute a comprehensive cyber security plan that fits your specific data safety needs.

Identifying the Characteristics of Good Cyber Security

Most great companies share a variety of common characteristics that help identify factors of excellent cyber security. A comprehensive approach to your security is one that understands your business, and is aligned to the threats and risks that it may be posed to in the online world.

Although cyber security is quite broad, it should be engineered and designed specifically for your business requirements. When identifying what good cyber security looks like, there are a number of key elements that should be involved in your approach.

  1. Security Should Be Proactive, Not Reactive.

In many organisations, IT and security teams are purely reactive and have limited ability to plan ahead, leaving a window of exposure for potential threats which may occur. An effective cyber security strategy proactively identifies uplift activities that may need to take place, and the timeframe by which they should be applied so that you can have a streamlined, dynamic approach that works for you and not against you.

With this in mind, IT and security teams will have more time to focus on strategic activities that support the detection and mitigation of potential threats, instead of putting out fires that start due to the non-adaptable behaviour and poor cyber security practices.

  1. Security Needs To Be Unobtrusive.

For many organisations, having a dedicated cyber security team is a luxury they can’t afford. But that doesn’t mean cyber security responsibilities can’t be delegated to a suitable stakeholder within the business. Cyber security teams exist to enable the operations of the broader organisation and allow business objectives to be achieved in a secure manner. A member of the operations team if often the most suitable employee in an organisation to take on cyber security responsibilities.

By developing a roadmap for your businesses specific needs, your cyber security approach can be one of efficiency and proficiency, aligning to the particular requirements for your cyber security needs without including unnecessary additions that slow business operations.

  1. Has Processes That Are Repeatable And Documented.

Whatever steps an organisation takes to achieve cyber security, they need to be repeatable – solving problems as they occur and adapting quickly to solve new ones. This approach allows IT teams to focus on high-value work rather than fixing the same issue over and over.

More than that, any changes made need to be clearly documented for any future employees to gain a clear understanding on the specific approaches made by past teams. This also allows for any errors that may pop up to be more easily reversed in the future.

  1. Clearly Shows A Risk Management Mindset.

Good security is premised on having a strong understanding of what the risks or threats are for your business, how they will be addressed and how they can be avoided. Every business has their own set of security needs, whether that be protection of a large volume of personal data, or encryption of sensitive information. Taking a risk-based approach to managing cyber threats is often the most practical and efficient way of boosting your organisation’s cyber maturity. Following this method will ensure that as cyber risks continue to evolve, so does your ability to mitigate those risks; ultimately protecting your business and balance sheet for years to come.

 

For help identifying and implementing a cyber security approach for your business, get in touch with our experts today.

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