protect business data“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” –Mike Tyson

As business leaders, we’ve all been punched in the mouth recently. What’s your new game plan? Since COVID-19, the annual or quarterly one you had is now likely irrelevant.

You have two options:

  1. Sit and wait for the world to go back to the way it was, a place where your plan may have worked (and let’s face it, that’s not happening).
  2. Create and act upon a new game plan. One that’s built to overcome disruption and transform your business into something better and stronger.

Option 2 is the correct answer! AND, you're in luck, because we at CTTS are here to help you and your organization move from defense to offense with our top 12 Cyber Readiness Strategies:

  1. Have A Cyber Readiness Plan
    With headlines full of cyberattacks and security breaches victims, it is time to take the risks seriously. The success and survival of your business will be determined by your ability to overcome security
    threats or breaches. You need a cyber readiness plan that includes elements of prevention, continuity and recovery strategies.
  2. Establish Strict Policies and Procedures
    Policies and procedures regulate business operations and are essential for defining the standards and expectations of employee behavior and actions in the workplace. While establishing strict, security-focused protocols is essential, a system of validation and enforcement is equally important. After all, rules without consequences are merely suggestions.
  3. Keep Updates -- Up to Date
    While updates often introduce new or enhanced features into your apps, programs and systems, they also install security and performance fixes known as patches. Undiscovered defects or flaws can leave your systems exposed. Hackers will exploit any vulnerability or security gap they find. Keeping your systems updated is vital for keeping your business cyber ready.
  4. Force Authentication
    One-level security is no longer enough. Even the strongest passwords are vulnerable to theft or
    exposure. Requiring more than one method to authenticate user identity or access permissions can
    reduce or eliminate the risk of stolen or unauthorized credentials being utilized.
  5. Back Up Everything!
    Data is the lifeblood of every business. Unfortunately, the risks and threats to the protection, privacy and usability of that data are endless. Follow the 3-2-1 method for backups; a minimum of three unique copies of your data, two available locally and one off-site or in the cloud. Make sure to test your backups often for functionality and integrity.
  6. Don’t Neglect Compliance
    Maintaining regulatory compliance is mandatory for many organizations. While navigating and satisfying the obligations can be complicated and stressful, achieving compliance is a critical component of having a cyber ready business. Security and privacy are integral elements of compliance.
  7. Continuous Network Intelligence
    Knowledge is power. A critical component of cyber readiness is having on-demand insight of anomalous activities, suspicious changes, potentially harmful misconfigurations or any other malicious activities occurring internally on your network. Promptly detect and remove threats before they cause damage.
  8. Security Awareness Training
    Users are the weakest link in security, given a lack of education and experience. Instituting a security awareness training program for every member of your staff will significantly reduce the probability of user-related errors and exposures.
  9. Combat the Password Crisis
    With over 80% of hacking-related breaches linked to weak, reused or stolen passwords, user credentials are emerging as the top vulnerability for businesses. Balance convenience and security by monitoring the dark web for exposed credentials, implementing multi-factor authentication, and streamlining control of password management.
  10. Business IT Management Georgetown TXDon’t Skip the Insurance
    Increasing risks and threats of data breaches and ransomware, regardless of size or industry, have prompted many businesses to adopt Cyber Risk Insurance to protect themselves from catastrophic loss. Investing in a cyber insurance policy could save your business should you be the next victim.
  11. Reduce Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
    Nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) have experienced cyber-related issues in their supply chain in the past year. As a part of your cyber readiness plan, you must deploy protocols to evaluate and monitor the security of your supplier networks and third-party vendors.
  12. Deploy a Multi-Layer Security Strategy
    Security is asymmetrical. Where businesses must plan, prepare and defend against every threat or scenario, cybercriminals only need to find a single weakness or hole in your defenses to carry out their malicious plans. Protect your data and your business by deploying multiple security strategies together as one.

To start building your cyber readiness plan, contact CTTS today at (512) 388-5559. Let us help you develop and apply a defense in depth approach and ensure that your data is protected and secure from all cyber threats because the right safeguards act as the backbone of your company, giving you a foundation you can count on and grow from.