To scale their businesses and streamline their business operations, enterprises have been increasingly opting for tools that have increased the complexity of the infrastructure and security posture. Hence, CISOs must seek out ways to increase their security hygiene and posture management.
CISOs have witnessed a tremendous change in their job responsibilities and requirements in the past few months. Today they are not only required to strengthen the infrastructure of their enterprises but are also expected to have business skills to get their points across the board. This makes it crucial for them to find better ways to assess the cybersecurity infrastructure for improving security hygiene and posture management.
The SolarWinds hack has made it even more important for them to monitor risks associated with IT vendors. However, several factors such as an increase in cyber-risk management, new vulnerabilities in the software, and continuous monitoring of the cybersecurity infrastructure with legacy tools- make it difficult for CISOs to enhance security hygiene and posture management.
So, let’s look at a few ways that can help CISOs to address the complexities present in today’s cybersecurity infrastructure.
Attack surface management
Instead of relying on configuration management databases (CMDBs) and various types of asset management systems, CISOs must insist on the adoption of tools that are built by the security teams for attack surface management.
Some of the tools are built to focus on internal assets while others that take an outside-in perspective for risks associated with servers, user credentials, and files on the internet. Additionally, they should go beyond discovery and identify vulnerabilities to suggest or automate remediation.
Prioritize the protection of confidential assets
As businesses expand, the assets at the disposal of enterprises continuously grow. But it also becomes difficult to secure them, forcing them to strengthen the security of the business-critical assets.
While it may seem an obvious choice, it is not an easy process as it involves starting with the discovery and clarification of assets. Hence, CISOs must reach out to their counterparts who can guide their IT teams to identify the assets that underpin critical business processes and who can perform continual assessments to create some type of asset taxonomy.
This will help security leaders to prioritize security hygiene and posture management only in business-critical assets by segment networks, locking down access controls, and continuously monitoring them for any suspicious activity.
Investing in cloud security
The introduction and evolution of cloud computing have made it increasingly difficult to secure the cybersecurity infrastructure of an enterprise. The continuous addition of new tools, adoption of agile frameworks and temporal workloads has added challenges to the enterprise’ ability to assess and take appropriate security measures for strengthening cybersecurity. Hence, enterprises must actively invest in innovative solutions that not only help to integrate innovative cloud security solutions but also bridge the gap between different cloud security budgets.
With initiatives such as digital transformation, there’s no doubt that the infrastructure complexities of enterprises will continue to increase. Hence, CISOs must always be diligent, proactive and creative to keep up with security hygiene and posture management.
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