How To Achieve an Effective Cybersecurity Posture

  • Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

An effective cybersecurity posture is structured to defend against cyberattacks, both intentional and nonintentional. This posture will include strong security policies, end-user training and hardware and software solutions such as firewalls and antivirus. A thorough assessment of your cybersecurity risks will help to define and strengthen your defenses in your cybersecurity posture.

Identify your critical assets and prioritize what you need to protect.

  1. Pay attention to the basics; cover the fundamentals of updates and patching, system resilience, malware protection and backups.
  2. Emphasize training. Your end users and IT team need continuous training in order to perform their jobs safely and effectively.
  3. Automate processes. Put procedures in place for effective management of updates and patches for hardware and software.
  4. Authentication is key to accountability. Make sure to limit administrative access to those who need it.
  5. Develop a process for adding and removing users from your network. Review access privileges for changing jobs.
  6. Develop an incident response plan and practice it on a regular basis.
  7. Secure mobile devices by adding encryption, tracking and remote wipe.
  8. Develop a backup process. Make sure to include offsite backup storage.
  9. Regularly test the restore process. A backup should never be assumed as successful until a test of the restore is completed.

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