Cybersecurity planning is a critical need for businesses today. Reducing your company’s cybersecurity risks requires a multi-pronged approach. Make sure you assess your cybersecurity risk just like you would evaluate other operational risks. Creating a culture of cyber-readiness will also include preparing and educating your staff.

Preparing Yourself – The Leader

Your awareness of the basics of cybersecurity impacts whether the subject is a major or minor part of your operational resilience strategy. That strategy requires an investment of time and money. Your investment drives actions and activities that build and sustain a culture of cybersecurity.

Preparing Your Staff – The Users

Your staff will often be your first line of defense, one that must have and continuously grow the skills to practice and maintain readiness against cybersecurity risks. Make sure a part of your ongoing security will include continuing education for your staff.

Preparing Your Systems – The engines that run your operations

Information is the life-blood of any business. In many cases, information is the most valuable of a business’s intangible assets. You need to know where this information resides, know what the applications and networks store and process that information. Once completed you can work to build security into and around these.

Preparing Your Surroundings – The Digital Workplace

The authority and access you grant employees, managers, and customers into your digital environment need limits, just as those set in the physical work environment do. Setting approved access privileges requires knowing who operates on your systems and with what level of authorization and accountability.

Preparing Your Data – What your business is built on

Even the best security measures can be circumvented with a patient sophisticated hacker. Learn to protect your information where it is stored, processed and transmitted. Have a contingency plan which generally starts with being able to recover systems, networks, and data from known accurate backups.

Your Next Steps – What do you do?

The strategy for responding to and recovering from compromise requires time to plan, prepare for, and should include conducting drills for cyberattacks as you would prepare for a fire in your building. Make your reaction to cyberattacks and system failures an extension of your other business contingency plans. This requires having established procedures, trained staff, and knowing how and whom to communicate during a crisis.

If you are feeling lost when it comes to your business’s cybersecurity planning then please contact the team at ACS. ACS will set up a discovery meeting to find out security risks and assist in assembling a cybersecurity plan. Please contact Chris Mackin at cmackin@acs.com to set up an initial conversation. We look forward to speaking with you.