Winter is approaching, and many Americans will soon be concerned with bundling up. But layering isn’t just part of an annual cold-season defense – it’s also a vital strategy for anyone making decisions about their organization’s cyber risk management.
As 2017’s end approaches and a new year begins, it’s time to consider your organization’s current state of cybersecurity – including whether you’re putting a multi-layered approach to use.
In an October interview with eWeek, FBI Cyber-Division Section Chief Jeffrey Tricoli expressed concern about whether organizations are sufficiently prepared for the current cybercrime environment. Specifically, Tricoli claims professional-grade hacking tools have quickly proliferated over the past few years, allowing hackers to widen their nets.
Companies and other organizations, he says, are undervaluing the importance of their data and aren’t taking strong enough measures to protect it.
Tricoli recommends a multi-layered defense that places several levels of protection between critical data and the cyber-criminals going after it. Much like planning a winter wardrobe, building an effective defense involves identifying the most vulnerable areas, then protecting them.
With that in mind, here are several elements of cybersecurity to consider when bundling up:
- Risk Assessment: Having an experienced cybersecurity partner to help you identify your biggest risks and vulnerabilities gives you an important baseline for establishing your security approach.
- Knowledge Management: Simple monitoring and reporting isn’t enough. You need tools that help simplify and make sense of the data so you can target and prioritize current threats and prevent future attacks.
- Cyber Intelligence: Just like you need to check out the weather forecast to determine how many layers you’ll need, you have to know the current state of cybersecurity affairs to see what protections your organization must have in place. Threat intelligence data can be overwhelming, but certain tools can help you cut through the clutter and understand what’s most pertinent to your organization.
- Penetration Testing: Scanning for threats is essential, but you also need skilled professionals who can think like a hacker to test your own defense and make sure you are closing gaps that are specific to your systems.
Lunarline offers a full range of solutions that can help you layer up your defenses. For more information on how we can work with you and your organization, contact us today!