Five Key Steps to Bolstering Cybersecurity Maturity

Five Key Steps to Bolstering Cybersecurity Maturity

In today’s digital environment, every firm, from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations, is always exposed to security risks. Enterprises are continuing to face sophisticated cyber-threats that have the potential to undermine business continuity as their digital footprint and cloud adoption grows.

According to the 2020 SolarWinds Public Sector Cybersecurity Survey, only 57% of IT operations and security decision-makers throughout the government recognized their agency’s cybersecurity capabilities as mature. The biggest hurdles to cybersecurity maturity, according to respondents, are financial constraints and a lack of trust in their team’s ability to keep up with emerging threats.

The following are five approaches to increasing cybersecurity maturity.

Prioritize endpoint protection

In today’s data-driven world, cybercriminals are using modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to target an organization’s endpoints, making endpoint protection a must-have cybersecurity priority.

According to IDC’s recent survey, endpoint protection is a critical component of cybersecurity strategy for over 30% of worldwide enterprises and 60% of IT leaders consider it a topmost priority. However, just 57% of firms claim to be the most advanced in terms of endpoint security, while more than 40% do not.

Recognize that cutting-edge solutions do not imply maturity

Despite the evolution of basic solutions such as threat intelligence, endpoint protection, and Identity and Access Management (IAM), businesses typically gravitate toward systems with the most bells and whistles, many of which contain functionality they don’t need. These expensive solutions might disperse resources and capital investment too thinly, jeopardizing the security maturity of an organization.

With growing costs and diminishing resources, organizations must use a risk-based strategy and prioritize security expenditures to address major issues, vulnerabilities, and exposures. IT professionals don’t need to chase the newest shiny object since the market is swamped with extremely mature, cost-effective, and competent solutions that can promote cybersecurity maturity where it’s required most.

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Embrace the cybersecurity maturity model

Many companies try to assess and quantify their cybersecurity maturity by tracking the number of vulnerabilities they have fixed or ticking all the boxes to fulfill regulatory requirements. These techniques, however, are still a long way from offering a reliable indicator of cybersecurity maturity or a framework for progress.

As a result, adopting a cybersecurity maturity model to assess a security program’s maturity and determine how to go to the next level is critical.

Leverage automation

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve cybersecurity maturity is one method to make a difference. Security teams can be more productive with the resources they have thanks to AI and machine learning. Identifying possible dangers, detecting unauthorized behaviors, using intelligence to classify incidents, countering and preventing assaults before they are executed, halting the unlawful transfer of data, and more are all activities that next-generation automated security technology can do.

Agencies can change their cybersecurity architecture to respond to emerging digital threats as AI and machine learning become more widespread in the security sector.

Pay special attention to cybersecurity awareness

An organization’s cybersecurity posture cannot be bolstered just through technology. Organizations must focus on establishing a multi-layered defense in the face of the sophistication and threat of cyber-attacks.

Organizations may construct a ‘last line of defense’ for many modern threats by providing cybersecurity training and awareness to all workers and partners. It’s critical to educate employees and make them realize that cybersecurity issues are a business problem, not simply an IT one.

Since cyber threats vary over time, businesses should perform training and awareness programs on a regular basis to educate their personnel.

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