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With more than 43 per cent of cyber all attacks aimed at small businesses, it’s essential that you develop solid security practices to protect business assets and critical data. Otherwise, you risk reputational damage, financial losses, and costly downtime.
But when it comes to improving your company’s security ‘maturity’ levels, where do you start? Let’s take a look.
To be clear, security ‘maturity’ simply means how advanced your cybersecurity processes are. It’s something you can build over time, even with a limited IT or security budget. Essentially, to boost your maturity levels, your business should do three things:
Let’s work through these steps in turn.
Here’s the thing – you can’t effectively protect your infrastructure without first understanding:
So, your first step must be to perform a risk assessment. Here’s what to do.
Make a note of all assets you have. Assets include physical property like:
But they also include things like:
Once you’ve identified all your assets, you must identify which assets are most vulnerable to breach, as well as the costs associated with a security breakdown of this asset. An easy way to do this? Brainstorm ‘what if’ scenarios.
For example, what if someone accesses your premises, steals your equipment, and harvests customer data? What are the financial and reputation consequences?
‘What if’ scenarios can show you where to focus your security efforts.
Now that you’ve identified your security risks, you have three options for dealing with each one.
Even the most comprehensive security measures will fail unless you create a culture of security awareness among your employees.
Most importantly, ensure that everyone understands that they have a role to play in keeping your assets safe from intrusion. If you’re not sure where to start with staff training, consider hiring a managed services provider (MSP) to help.
You shouldn’t rely on just one method to protect high-value assets, which is where multi-layered security comes in. Examples of tools you can use include:
Think of multi-layered security as a series of safety nets. If one ‘net’ fails, there’s another level of protection in place to protect your assets (and data) from compromise.
Plan for plausible security incident and breach scenarios. What actions should be performed, in what order and by whom? Maintaining a documented plan that details the appropriate response steps to take in different incident scenarios is vital for a swift and effective response. Undue delay in response could lead to a worse situation than otherwise would have occurred. Key individuals and alternates must be identified and understand their roles in a security incident. Perform incident simulation exercises to ensure the team is prepared and that your plans are effective.
Taking action to improve the overall security maturity of your company is vitally important. Start with a thorough risk assessment and don’t forget to review your security environment regularly to ensure it remains sufficient. Contact us today to learn more.
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