3 Steps to Best Protect Your Business from IT Security Risks
When our IT sales professionals visit with business owners, you might think that “No” is the only word they don’t want to hear. But, when a conversation revolves around cybersecurity, the most dreaded phrases include, “We’re all set” or “We’re not concerned.”
If your doors are open, if you go online for any aspect of your business; your data, your employees and your revenue are at risk. Not convinced? Check out our recent blog post that highlights 3 Midwest case studies.
No magic bullet will protect your business in all instances. When we talk with our customers about protection, we talk about it in terms of layered security. This takes into account a multitude of variables, endpoints, data breach entry points and, of course, human error.
It sounds like a lot. And it is. We have identified 3 steps organizations of any size can take to build a better defense.
1. Trust But Verify
Like your car insurance policy or your cell phone bill, when is the last time you really looked at what IT security services you are getting for your investment?
Think in terms of documentation you should have on hand and assurances that these have been assessed or tested by your trusted IT risk management professionals within the previous 12 months. Key IT security assets include:
- Security risk assessment report
- Vulnerability scan
- Penetration test
- Patching routine report
- Business recovery test
- Employee cybersecurity training
- Pre- and post-audit reporting for banks and finance organizations
How often? Make sure you review these documents once a quarter and that your team keeps you up to date on any action items currently under advisement.
2. Prioritize Potential Threats
Research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) finds that improving the ability to discover, prioritize and remediate software vulnerabilities remains a top priority for cybersecurity professionals – second only to detecting, containing and remediating actual attacks.
So how do you decide which vulnerabilities you need to address? Your prioritized list needs to be based on the unique threats and risk profile of your organization. This requires an objective set of eyes and should be outsourced to a reputable, experienced IT professional that specializes in technology risk assessments.
How often? As applications evolve, cybercriminals, too, change their tactics and techniques. Thus, ongoing monitoring and re-evaluation should take place at least once a calendar year.
3. Develop a Security Philosophy
Balancing your organization’s culture, processes and risk tolerance requires time, resources and ongoing attention. How do you develop a security philosophy that takes all these factors into consideration?
Remember those reports you dusted off during step 1? Did your IT team offer specific recommendations based on the data? Whether good news or bad, by truly listening to what the data and your trusted IT professionals have to say, you can begin to better understand your risk footprint and create a foundation for a more secure business ecosystem.
Part of developing a comprehensive security philosophy means committing to acquiring the right set of hardware, software applications and security solutions for the way you do business.
It’s not your managed service provider’s job to tell you how your company should utilize technology. It is, however, important that your MSP helps you acquire the right technology solutions to protect your business.
Every employee must buy into the proactive mindset required to keep your data and networks safe. Adding periodic cybersecurity awareness training to the calendar helps protect your investment and can increase profitability and productivity too!
Although primarily applicable to banking and financial institutions, determining the correct IT policies, processes and controls to meet compliance benchmarks requires planning and expertise. How does your company prepare for audits? How will you approach remediation directives? By systematically identifying your best practice processes, you can reduce unexpected outcomes that might cause a disruption in daily business activities.
How often? The better the foundation, the less evasive the action items needed to uphold your security philosophy. Security is never a “fix it and forget it” proposition. Creating an intentional security IT approach will help keep your company safe.
3 Ways Network Tech Can Help
- Clients deserve an IT security solution customized to their needs. If there is a tool you need, we’ll include it. If there isn’t, we won’t.
- A robust, layered security approach incorporates both internal and external variables and everything from high-level threat protection to end-user workflow needs. No one system works for everyone, and we will find the right one for you.
- ROI plays an important role in your IT decision-making. As your cybersecurity consulting team, our job is to vet your best options and to help you build systems that ensure security while maximizing ROI.
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Need to better understand the importance of a layered approach to IT security or how to implement one in your organization? Call 913-538-7700 or contact us online and let’s talk all things IT security.