Organizations in every industry continuously battle threats and vulnerabilities to their hardware and software containing customer information and valuable data assets. It's not only cyber criminals that pose this threat but also intentional or unintentional errors or misconduct by internal employees, vendors, or even customers with access to your organization's systems and networks. Sufficiently protecting data and information systems from theft, damage, disruption, or tampering must be timely and effective.
Some specific requirements and best practices for a successful and effective cyber security program include:
- Conduct regular risk assessments to identify threats and vulnerabilities
- Have ongoing monitoring in place to prevent and/or quickly remediate deficiencies
- Ensure regular backups occur
- Patch your operating system on a regular/monthly basis
- Review and limit user access to information systems and networks
- Identify the information assets that require protection and determine appropriate classifications for the assets
- Provide protection to the assets based upon classification through technical, procedural, and governance layer controls
- Ensure that detection mechanisms are effective to detect un-authorized activity with the protected assets
- Prepare to respond to unauthorized access, loss, breach, or other incident situations
- Plan recovery strategies to allow for service or asset restoration to support business continuity
How We Can Help
Our qualified experts understand the impact insufficient data security programs can have on your organization. We will bring years of experience protecting high-security environments to your organization.
An organization's failure to have sufficient data and cyber security processes and procedures in place may lead to a breach and loss of valued data. However, it's important to keep in mind the possibility of PR damage to your organization and loss of brand equity. The effects of negative publicity can be worse for a company long-term than the fine.