Your cyber security strategy should be as important as your legal, regulatory, financial, or operational strategy. Here are 10 steps to help define and communicate your strategy.

The foundation of your cyber security strategy should be your framework. We recommend the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. In fact, our services fall in line with the first 4 functions of the NIST framework – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond.

Defining and communicating your cyber security strategy is central to the success of your organization’s security strategy.

Review the following steps in order to protect your business against the majority of cyber attacks.

Network Security – protect your networks from attack. Defend the network perimeter, filter out unauthorized access and malicious content. Monitor and test security controls.

User education and awareness – Produce user security policies covering acceptable and secure use of your systems. Include in staff training. Maintain awareness of cyber risks.

Malware prevention – Produce relevant policies and establish anti-malware defenses across your organization.

Removable media controls – Produce a policy to control all access to removable media. Limit media types and use. Scan all media for malware before importing onto the corporate system.

Secure configuration – Apply security patches and ensure the secure configuration of all systems is maintained. Create a system inventory and define a baseline build for all devices.

Managing user privileges – Establish effective management processes and limit the number of privileged accounts. Limit user privileges and monitor user activity. Control access to activity and audit logs.

Incident management – Establish an incident response and disaster recovery capability. Test your incident management plans. Provide specialist training. Report criminal incidents to law enforcement.

Monitoring – Establish a monitoring strategy and produce supporting policies. Continuously monitor all systems and networks. Analyze logs for unusual activity that could indicate an attack.

Home and mobile working – Develop a mobile working policy and train staff to adhere to it. Apply the secure baseline and build to all devices. Protect data both in transit and at rest.

Cyber Security Strategy Success

Would you trust a team of experts to work with you to build your strategy? And recommend the tools and services that will bring you the most success when it comes to your cybersecurity needs? We do this every day with our clients.

We might not be a fit for your organization, but we might be able to save your company from cyber criminals. Isn’t it worth starting a conversation with our team? Get started anytime – click here to fill out a form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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