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13 Best Practices for Information Security
1. What Is Information Risk Management?
Three Areas Your Information Security Strategies Should Cover
2. Performing an IT Risk Assessment
Unfortunately, compliance does not equal security. Cybersecurity threats are evolving as quickly as the technology itself and regulatory bodies are simply not agile enough to keep up with new threats.
So how do you determine what risks your organization is facing? Performing an IT risk assessment can help you get a clear picture of threats, vulnerabilities and risks in four easy steps.
Identify Threats and Vulnerabilities
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3. Remote Work Cybersecurity Risks
Most home wifi networks have weaker security protocols than those in office environments
Unsecured Devices or Programs
94% of malware is delivered via emails opened by unsuspecting recipients
4. Developing Your Information Security Program
Understanding the need for a cybersecurity strategy is one thing. Developing a comprehensive information security program is quite another.
Where do you even start? If the prospect seems unduly daunting, consider the cost of not having one. Some 445 million online cyber fraud and abuse claims were reported in the first quarter of 2020, and the average data breach costs $3.92 million.
5. The Importance of Cybersecurity Governance
As the complexity of your systems increases with the adoption of new technological solutions, so must the measures you take to keep those systems secure against intruders. But the most carefully designed information security program will fail without adequate leadership. Some two-thirds of organizations ignore more than 25% of security events.
6. Implementing Information Security Training
A good cybersecurity awareness training program can help improve compliance with information security policies that, if not clearly explained, may appear inconvenient and unnecessary to your team. Make sure your employees understand policies that govern:
7. Maintaining Availability
Hardware or System Failure
Natural Disaster or Power Outage
Fortunately, you can dramatically decrease your risk of downtime — and associated disruptions and losses — by developing an availability strategy and employing a disaster recovery strategy. Identify your current continuity capabilities and the impact of any potential disruption, and then develop a clearly outlined plan of action. You can’t necessarily prevent a downtime incident, but you can make sure you’re not one of the 43% of businesses that never reopen afterward.
8. Responding to an Information Security Incident
The odds are fairly high that at some point your organization will fall victim to an information security incident. There are more than one billion identified malware programs in existence and a cyberattack occurs once every 39 seconds. (And that’s assuming that your incident is the direct result of an attack, rather than a hardware failure or employee negligence!) Think of your systems being compromised as a “when” not an “if.”
9. Router and Network Firewall Security
Don’t make the mistake of thinking your organization is too big or too small to be a target. More than 15 billion records were exposed by data breaches in 2019, and the targets were companies of all sizes.
10. Penetration Testing
Penetration testing under a variety of scenarios can help you identify holes in your security and provide a complete picture of the potential damage that would result if they were exploited. This is especially useful when prioritizing which vulnerabilities to address first.
11. What Is a vCISO?
The information security risks your business faces are continually increasing as your organization grows and adopts new technology solutions. And experts estimate that more than 60% of businesses are operating with understaffed cybersecurity teams.
The best way to ensure that you’re prepared for existing and evolving threats to your expanding systems is to employ a Chief Information Security Officer, or CISO.
But what if you simply don’t have the budget for a full-time cybersecurity executive? A vCISO — an expert who can head up your information security program while operating much like a consultant — might be the answer. What does a vCISO offer?
12. Cyber Forensics Consulting
When most people think of information security risks, they focus on financial losses, operational disruptions and reputational damage. But a data breach can also leave you vulnerable to legal action from clients or partners. Understanding your legal rights and responsibilities is vital to protecting your organization from harm.
If your cybersecurity attorney works with a cyber forensics consultant, they can help shape your information security program with an eye toward your legal obligations and shield you from lawsuits in the event of a breach.
13. Avoiding Data Breaches
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