6 steps towards better cybersecurity of your company
Cybercrime has a growing impact on business. Despite huge and ever increasing investments in the protection of IT resources, for a few years now there has not been a week without new intrusions or attacks on corporate IT systems making it to the headlines. Not only the number, but also the scale, complexity and precision of such incidents are constantly on the rise. No organization can feel safe today.
According to KPMG's “Technology Risk Radar – 2nd Edition” report, in 2014, as a result of IT system-related incidents, companies incurred unplanned expenses exceeding PLN 2 million, globally. Experts claim that half of IT issues were predictable and avoidable. Most often it is financial institutions, e-commerce companies and public administration that fall victims to such attacks and Poland is no exception here.
Smart corporate IT security management is a complex process. It requires a good understanding of the organization and its core managers' way of thinking, as well as regular reviews, audits and inspections. But can you cut down on the efforts? Not really; even if you have loads of money to cover any potential damages in your budget. According to the experts, the costs of shortcuts in this field will be increasingly high.
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This is why you should start working on strengthening your company's IT security today. Especially that you can do it by simply following and regularly repeating a few basic processes.
Define the key digital resources of your company
Even the most risk-conscious organization has security gaps in its systems that can be used by hackers. They result from the dynamics of company development and the almost unlimited IT needs. The review of digital resources needs to be combined with an internal discussion on security priorities. This will allow for a better understanding of the risks associated with uncontrolled system development.
Find main vulnerabilities and name the fundamental risks
Knowledge on the priorities and key digital resources of the company should be viewed against the current security policy. Putting these two images together will show the most important vulnerabilities and help to define the risks generated by them. The resulting description should include an analysis of the possible consequences of taking advantage of these vulnerabilities expressed in real figures that will speak to the managers' imagination.
Have a look at how your organization works
Every modern company is in fact a group of multiple organizations that operate using the same set of IT tools. They only vary by their business models, IT resource usage culture and the actual level of control. A lot also depends on the average age of employees or the number of contractors and outsourced employees who work full-time in the company. In order to enhance security, behaviors that may lead to security breaches need to be looked into.
Develop a coherent IT security policy
Using the acquired knowledge, develop a coherent document to present the fundamental principles of IT security policy, describe key digital resources and business processes that use the company's IT systems and the basic principles for the use of IT solutions. The document, even though based on specialist knowledge, should be written in a language comprehensible to managers from departments other than security or ICT networks.
Discuss the IT security policy with key managers in the company
This is the only way to make them realize the necessity of introducing changes to the operating model and business processes, and accept the fact that cybersecurity requires additional investments. Remember to make them feel accountable for the implementation of security policy. Do not be afraid of applying controversial methods. Nothing attracts attention of the appropriate people better than a controlled intrusion or a spectacular crisis brought about on purpose by the IT security staff.
Keep monitoring IT security
Security transformation is a long-term process that requires constant monitoring and adjustments. That is why it is better to plan in advance the procedures that will ensure permanent control over the progress in implementing new security principles.
Efficiency and flexibility are the two key features that measure IT security. When developing your cybersecurity system, remember that it will need to be regularly patched, updated and adjusted to the changing needs. Observing the basic rules detailed above will enable you to create a robust security system and easily review it as needed. However, the final development should be entrusted to IT companies that offer a comprehensive portfolio of services, expertise in performing such complex projects and certificates demonstrating their knowledge of the basic standards. Working with such a partner will prevent your company from repeating typical mistakes, such as dissipating the security system or excluding certain categories of employees (such as senior managers or salespeople who spend most of their time travelling) from its scope.