The Four Critical Steps Of A Robust Cybersecurity Strategy

Why should you care? For starters, there are more than one million cyber-attacks each day. To avoid being just another statistic, we highly recommend that you check out the four critical elements of a robust cybersecurity strategy.

What Is Cybersecurity & Why Is It So Important?

The textbook definition of cybersecurity is the state of being protected against unauthorised access or use of data or the plans in place to do this. However, cybersecurity is about more than just this. It’s about prevention, protection as well as crisis management.

What Is The Best Cybersecurity Strategy?

As a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), we have determined an exceptionally robust approach to cybersecurity.

These are based on four key principles which we’ll share here, which if you implement properly, will deliver a best-practice approach to protecting both your data and other assets.

1. Prevent
Prevention is the best cure, and this couldn’t be truer than when it comes to cyber-attacks. Which is why preventing keeping prying eyes out of your business is the first item in this four-step approach.

With the right cybersecurity protection systems in place, you can have the assurance that the vast majority of cyber-attacks will be stopped before they occur.

A top tier prevention strategy should include these critical elements:
  • Data loss prevention
  • Identity and access management
  • Mobile local device management
  • Mobile application management
  • Awareness training
  • Advanced email and web security defence

Prevent cyber-attacks with these solutions, and you will effectively be placing a big “No Entrance” sign on your firewall.

2. Detect
After prevention, detection is the next crucial step in safeguarding your information. Just like it’s essential to prevent cyber-attacks, it is just as important that you have the right levels of monitoring so that any incidents that do manage to get through, are quickly detected before any harm is done.

The scary truth is that most businesses only detect a breach to their cybersecurity system around 15 months after the fact. This shows just how easy a threat can go undetected for an extended amount of time.

Unfortunately, no system is 100% successful despite even the best preventative measures. This is simply because the threat is continually evolving, yet having sound detection tech in place will be your best line of defence against any hazards that do get through.

Within this critical step, here are a few actions and systems that we recommend you include for optimal threat detection:
  • A solution that offers threat detection, event log collection and analysis
  • Opting for a vulnerability assessment
  • Monitoring services for your employees
  • Penetration testing
  • Credential exposure monitoring

These solutions, coupled with an awareness that some threats may occasionally penetrate even the toughest of barriers, will lead to a more secure security system and a safer haven for your precious data.

3. Respond
Let’s say that a threat did manage to breach your security; the next step in your cyber-strategy should be your response. In the case of a breach being detected, your response should be a swift one, ideally within minutes or hours. Do you have this in place?

A swift response is paramount, and not just the right team on the job to focus on remediating – you also need capable systems and people simultaneously analysing the threat that infiltrated your system.

Solutions that are paired well with this critical cybersecurity element include:
  • An around the clock Security Operations Centre
  • Incident alert notifications
  • 24/7 security incident monitoring
  • Compliance reporting
  • A rapid response security team
  • Emergency response

As the “action” part of the strategy, this is where any cyber threats that do breach your preventative measures are nipped in the bud.

4. Predict
With threats continuing to get more sophisticated and smarter by the day, having the right systems in place in this part of the strategy is crucial.

These systems include predictive systems that draw from artificial intelligence and behavioural analysis. The need to predict threats before they get anywhere close to doing any real damage is an extremely powerful measure.

This is why here at OBT we have risk assessments and baselining put in place to make sure our client systems remain ahead of threats, and when we consult to other organisations around their security we give them the same advice we implement ourselves.

The solutions that fall within the final part of the strategy include:
  • Threat detection, event log collection and analysis
  • Advanced analytics
  • Log management
  • Employee behavioural analysis
With quality prediction tech, you further lower the risk of damaging cyber threats coming close to your data.

Does your strategy tick all the boxes?

While there’s no “one size fits all” approach that will be perfect for every organisation, having a strategy that encompasses these four elements will position you as best you can to prevent, withstand and potentially respond to an attack.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can keep you protected online with a robust cybersecurity strategy, book a confidential obligation-free risk assessment today. Let’s plan your management system together and ensure that your business is protected as best it can be.

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