Today, businesses are always at risk of data security breaches. Moreover, the proliferation of malware has made it easy for cybercriminals to carry out attacks, increasing cybercrimes. Therefore, it calls for a strong cybersecurity posture to detect and manage cyber-attacks across networks properly.
While improving your organization’s security posture, identify the loopholes in your security control systems. It will help you protect your valuable assets and continuously monitor your cybersecurity posture.
Below, we have outlined the top 5 ways to prevent data security breaches and improve your cyber posture. While this list is not an exhaustive inventory of controls, each can pay dividends in improving your cyber posture. We recommend utilizing a cybersecurity framework such as NIST (US National Institute of Standards and Technology), CIS (Center for Internet Security), ISO (International Standards Organization), or similar to manage your program.
- Conduct a cybersecurity risk assessment – Improving your cyber posture starts with examining the strength of your current data protection system controls. Conduct a cybersecurity risk assessment to identify the risks and vulnerabilities across various assets within your company.
You should also evaluate your third-party vendors and the vulnerabilities they may have in their systems. Any risks and threats in your supply chain can increase risks and costs in your organization.
- Track security metrics – One of the most common ways to accurately measure the effectiveness of your security system is by establishing security metrics. They will help you lower the risks and guide future risk prioritization. But remember to track metrics from both an operational and strategic standpoint. Also, ensure that they align with your overall security goals without increasing the complexities.
- Implement automated cybersecurity solutions – Automated network environment mitigates the risks and enhances security practices. They also allow time for your IT teams to devote their efforts and time to high-risk threats and help you cut down on incident response times.
- Educate your employees – Untrained employees can expose your organization to various cyber risks. Therefore, you should prioritize employee training to protect against external cyber threats. Try to inculcate security training for every employee at the onboarding stage, depending on their job roles and position. You should also regularly test their cybersecurity literacy to evaluate the effectiveness of your training programs.
- Create an incident response plan – In case of a data security breach, you should be prepared with a response plan to reduce potential damage and allow you to return to your routine quickly.
You can start with formulating special response teams that will guide the actions of your organizations. Create a checklist of things to prioritize during a data security attack. However, this plan may vary depending on the size of your company and the severity of the attack.
Once you have developed the plan, carry out a mock attack to understand the procedure. It will allow your employees to execute it effectively at the attack time. Make sure to update the incident response plan every year.
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