Reboot your cybersecurity strategy in six steps

A recent study by Accenture Security uncovered a disconnection between how organizations perceive cyber threats and the actual reality of the situation.

The High Performance Security Report 2016 revealed that 75% of security executives claimed they were confident in their cybersecurity strategies, and 70% reported that their organizations have already adopted a culture of cybersecurity – yet one in three targeted attacks succeeded, resulting in a breach.

It’s time to face reality

To close the gap between perception and reality, organizations should “reboot their approaches to cybersecurity”. The following six steps to help you rethink your cybersecurity strategy have been taken from the report:

  1. Define cybersecurity success
    The misalignment between cybersecurity strategy and business imperatives is  the root cause of why perceptions don’t match reality. Overcome this issue by identifying the best strategy for your company based on your assets and capabilities, the cyber threats your company is facing and the way success or failure is measured in business terms.
  2. Pressure-test security capabilities the way adversaries do
    Engage ethical hackers to run attack simulations and realistically assess your ability to defend your company from external threats. IT Governance is a CREST member and its range of penetration tests have been verified as meeting the high standards mandated by CREST. Moreover, all of our penetration testers hold the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification.
  3. Protect from the inside out
    Internal hackers are advantaged compared to external ones because they know where key assets are located. Prioritize securing your key assets from insider threats. If you want to know more about insider threat, read the bestselling Insider Threat – A Guide to Understanding, Detecting, and Defending Against the Enemy from Within.
  4. Invest to innovate and outmaneuver
    Widen and diversify your strategy to stay ahead of cyber criminals more easily by investing in seven key cybersecurity domains: business alignment, strategic threat context, extended ecosystem, governance and leadership, cyber resilience, cyber response readiness, and investment efficiency. Don’t just spend money on existing programs.
  5. Make security everyone’s job
    The security team isn’t always the first to detect a breach. The breach will often become apparent to front line staff first, who then notify the security team. As a result, it’s vital that staff keep up to date with the latest cyber threats and cybersecurity best practices to improve your organization’s threat detection capabilities and reduce the chances of staff-related security incidents. Empower your staff by implementing a staff awareness program based on individual eLearning courses and make your staff part of your cybersecurity strategy.
  6. Lead from the top
    Cybersecurity should not just be confined to the IT room, but should be discussed with senior management on a daily basis. The CISO needs to proactively engage with enterprise leadership and make cybersecurity a top priority.

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