If you’re a CIO or Director of IT at a Small to Medium Business, it’s time to start mapping your cybersecurity program to protect your business. We’re here to help. TechVAR’s trusted advisors understand your IT team is stretched thin. Our team works to update you with industry trends and product comparisons to make sure you’re up and running with the best solutions for your business needs.
Cybersecurity in SMB environments is often viewed as “we’re not big enough to need such precautions.” However, according to the BBB Cyber Security Report (2018), nearly 72% of data breaches occurred at companies with less than 100 employees. Experts anticipate that the trend of targeting small and medium businesses will only continue to grow.
Learn how to build your Cybersecurity Program in 5 steps to protect your business.
- Take inventory of the IT assets and networks
Begin with an inventory of people and IT assets that access the networks, current IT and cybersecurity reports, any security metrics, policies, and current security work processes. This will lead you to gain an understanding of the current network infrastructure and valuable insight into how company data is being accessed, used and stored at rest; as well as get some insight into the policies and procedures that will need to be upgraded, plus possible architectural changes to reduce the business’ risk exposure.
- Evaluate your security stack and business risks
Businesses will find this stage is the most technical of the five. Here, the business should review its “security stack” and document its installed security solutions such as firewalls, AV solutions, IDS/IPS sensors, etc., and security procedures that are in place. By the end, you will have a better understanding of the technology and business operations risk measured against an established risk management framework.
- Prioritize security risks and solutions
Here is where the business should begin building out its security plan. Once challenges are identified, teams should have a list of risk exposures that need remediation, known audit gaps, and immature security processes. Combined, this will establish a new system for the security agenda. This prioritized list should also be used by the business to update its strategic business plan and fashion a new budget based on current projects to mitigate the identified security issues.
- Monitor security processes and controls
To counter ever-evolving threats, businesses both small and large need to focus on doing basic security processes and controls correctly and continuously. This creates a digital foundation for building networks and providing data and applications to employees and customers securely. The methodologies businesses follow to do basic security processes are referred to as “cyber hygiene.”
- Find a leader to educate the business on risks and solutions
By this step, businesses will have an active asset inventory program, a completed risk assessment of current technology, possess a list of prioritized deficiencies, and reviewed all IT security processes and controls.
Now, all that’s left is to have someone manage the program. Having a senior security leader will provide the business with a professional who can educate the business on its risk exposure and develop options to mitigate these issues.
Experts anticipate that the trend of targeting small and medium businesses for cyber threats will only continue to grow. Don’t let your fellow leaders fall into the trap of, “we’re not big enough to need such precautions.”
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