If you’re an IT security pro, chances are you’ve recently spent some quality time with your CEO. Maybe for the first time ever. The Target breach has put network security on the board room agenda for CEOs.
1. Know What Data Is On Your Network, Where it is, and Why It’s Important
Intellectual property or personally identifiable information is very sensitive, you need to know where this information resides in your business.
AUDIT THE BUSINESS MANAGERS TO SEE HOW PEOPLE USE DATA AND WHERE, SO YOU CAN GET A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE RISK.
2. Measure the Effectiveness of Your Security Systems With Analytics and Visibility Tools
Don’t just have security systems, measure them to see if they really are blocking threats.
ESTABLISH A SET OF KEY REPORTS, GRAPHICALLY EVALUATE DATA, RUN REAL-TIME MONITORING.
3. Ensure Time and Money Are Spent Protecting the Right Assets by Conducting a Risk Assessment
There are different formulas for assessment, for example Risk = Threat x Vulnerability x Impact, make sure you are conducting quantitative analysis.
IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE RISK, YOU CAN’T DETERMINE IF OR HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST IT.
4. Make Sure You Have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan That Is Executable
Problems do happen, even if you plan to stop them, you must be prepared to react fast.
YOUR PLAN SHOULD ELIMINATE THE “FIRE DRILL” MENTALITY THAT OFTEN OCCURS WHEN DISASTER STRIKES.
5. Establish Accountability by Assigning a Dedicated Security Role (or Roles)
Many organizations place the security responsibility on the general IT team.
IMPLIMENT A DEDICATED POSITION TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE SECURITY WING OF YOUR ORGANIZATION.
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