Having an effective security strategy in place with a robust foundation is the most effective way for CISOs to move forward in this changing environment. Since 2020, new cyber threats coupled with changing business requirements caused by the global pandemic have shaken this foundation.
Security professionals must learn advanced tools, architectures, and platforms while trying to maintain higher security and situational awareness for their business and their consumers.
One of the significant causes of unprecedented cyber risks is the rising digital business. Balancing cybersecurity while running the business is a big challenge for most companies. So, here are some effective security strategies CISOs can consider.
Track the Assets Regularly
Ensuring that the critical assets are well protected from primary risks such as integrity, availability, and confidentiality is a major role of security.
Firstly, businesses should determine and track the assets that must be secured. This includes maintaining an inventory of the software and hardware and the classification level of the information that is transferred, processed, and collected by them. Furthermore, the inventory should also comprise an official owner for every asset. Also, it is advised to verify the assets under their control at least once a year.
Stay on Top of Security
The most popular cyber-attack vectors are seen to be exploiting some discovered vulnerabilities in OS software and applications. Staying on top of the maintenance level of software and hardware will help businesses prevent these attacks. Organizations are also advised to upgrade or replace unsupported components at the earliest. Besides, companies can conduct vulnerability scans for the whole infrastructure every month, including third-party products and applications.
Maintain Access Control Protocols
There is significant pressure to quickly grant access to resources and applications that would usually require additional security investigation, especially during emergencies. This holds true especially for administrative and other types of privileged access.
All active points make good entry points to get into the business. Therefore, to safeguard the organization, there should be frequent verification to see if all the access they have provisioned is approved and required by the holder to perform job responsibilities. Besides, companies are encouraged to remove needless privileges and disable inactive accounts quickly. Also, keep a close check on recently granted access that detours normal processes, as this could be a great indication of a cyber-attack in progress.
Strengthen Consumer Relationships
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone dramatically. It is now all the more important to understand the changing requirements of internal and external customers. Besides, their opinions of ongoing threats to the businesses and the latest tools and technologies are critical to helping them flourish. Companies should provide timely and relevant awareness messages that focus on the current situation of global security.
Have a Plan in Place
Organizations must exploit logs and reports provided by the systems and applications that run the business. It’s an excellent idea to develop, maintain and test a practical security incident management plan to prepare for an actual incident before it happens.
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