What is Cyber Security?
Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.
Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative.
What is cybersecurity all about?
A successful cybersecurity approach has multiple layers of protection spread across the computers, networks, programs, or data that one intends to keep safe. In an organization, the people, processes, and technology must all complement one another to create an effective defense from cyber attacks.
Users must understand and comply with basic data security principles like choosing strong passwords, being wary of attachments in email, and backing up data. Learn more about basic cybersecurity principles.
Organizations must have a framework for how they deal with both attempted and successful cyber attacks. One well-respected framework can guide you. It explains how you can identify attacks, protect systems, detect and respond to threats, and recover from successful attacks. Watch a video explanation of the NIST cybersecurity framework.
Technology is essential to giving organizations and individuals the computer security tools needed to protect themselves from cyber attacks. Three main entities must be protected: endpoint devices like computers, smart devices, and routers; networks; and the cloud. Common technology used to protect these entities include next-generation firewalls, DNS filtering, malware protection, antivirus software, and email security solutions.
Why is cybersecurity important?
In today’s connected world, everyone benefits from advanced cyberdefense programs. At an individual level, a cybersecurity attack can result in everything from identity theft, to extortion attempts, to the loss of important data like family photos. Everyone relies on critical infrastructure like power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies. Securing these and other organizations is essential to keeping our society functioning.
Everyone also benefits from the work of cyberthreat researchers, like the team of 250 threat researchers at Talos, who investigate new and emerging threats and cyber attack strategies. They reveal new vulnerabilities, educate the public on the importance of cybersecurity, and strengthen open source tools. Their work makes the Internet safer for everyone.
A risk assessment is the process of identifying, analysing and evaluating risk. In other words, it identifies gaps between people and processes, as well as gaps in technology itself, and proposes remedies to minimise the risks associated with those gaps. It is the only way to ensure that the cybersecurity controls you choose are appropriate to the risks your organisation faces.
What does a cyber risk assessment include?
A cybersecurity risk assessment identifies assets that could be affected by a cyber attack and then identifies the risks that could affect those assets.
A risk estimation and evaluation is usually performed, followed by the selection of controls to treat the identified risks. It is important to continually monitor and review the risk environment to detect any changes in the context of the organisation, and to maintain an overview of the complete risk management process.
The organisation conducting the risk assessment seeks to understand the relative significance and interaction of different sets of systems: applications, computer terminals, data, storage and communication mechanisms. To meet such requirements, organisations should perform security risk assessments that employ the lifecycle risk assessment approach and include all stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of the IT organisation are addressed, including hardware and software, employee awareness training and business processes.
Cyber security has rapidly emerged as one of the top priorities for businesses of all different sizes and specialties. Almost every organization relies on the World Wide Web for business purposes. From online communications to web purchases, data storage in the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT), it seems like nearly everything is dependent on computers and the World Wide Web. This reliance has spawned a dramatic uptick in cyber security efforts.
These types of plans are cybersecurity road maps that establish pathways an organization can follow to improve its overall risk management approach.
Design Your Cyber Security Plan Today
If you own a business, merely running anti-virus software on your company computers will not suffice as a means of protection; instead, you will need a comprehensive cyber security plan that mitigates risks as much as possible. Creating such an expansive plan will likely require the assistance of cyber security experts who can perform an exhaustive assessment of your organization’s digital systems.
Cyber Security Is Not Strictly About Preventing the Theft of Financial Information
The average person tends to associate cyber security with the theft of credit card numbers and bank account information that is used to steal identities. Cyber security encompasses much more than the theft of such financial data. Most businesses store voluminous amounts of information electronically, including financial information along with social security numbers, full names, business agreements, business plans, employee records, intellectual property, business secrets and beyond. Cyber criminals are out to steal anything of value. It is fairly easy to flip stolen information on the black market. Don’t let shoddy cyber security create such a problem. Devising a cyber security plan that prevents all types of breaches and explains the appropriate remedies is your first step in warding off an electronic attack.
The Best Cyber Security Plans Are Highly Strategic
Regardless of whom you ask to implement the details of your organization’s cyber security plan, the approach should be strategic in nature. A strategic approach should encompass nuanced procedures for the safeguarding of current systems. The plan’s strategy should also be designed with posterity in mind. Security issues will undoubtedly change in the short- and long-term because of the inherently dynamic nature of the World Wide Web as well as that of the cyber criminals.
When we talk about cyber security, we almost always focus on the newest technology available to combat cyber security risks and threats. Companies focus so much on protecting hardware and software against cyber threats that they forget about securing processes and most importantly, providing adequate training for people involved in cyber security.
While a good cybersecurity awareness training programme and campaign alone will not ensure adequate protection against cybersecurity threats, it is possibly the most important part of any cyber security prevention approach. Research from the 2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown that companies with an awareness training strategy have significantly lower losses when a cyber-related event happens than those who do not train their staff.
Cybersecurity is not just an IT problem, but a business problem, awareness training is not just for IT personnel but for all employees who has access to a computer and the Internet. The focus and specialty of awareness training need to be tailored to each employees function and their role within an organisation. Cybersecurity needs to be part of an organisations culture to be effective, if it is just a checkbox approach, which employees don't understand, what it is about and why it will surely be ineffective.
The benefits of cybersecurity awareness training is immense, the following list highlights some of the more important ones:
Not all cybersecurity awareness training is equal, you should ensure that the training you select for your organisation is suited to your specific needs, your business environment and your level of cybersecurity maturity.
At Element Tree we provide custom training solutions to businesses for Cybersecurity Awareness Training.
This International Standard has been prepared to provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The adoption of an ISMS should be a strategic decision for an organization. The design and implementation of an organization’s ISMS is influenced by their needs and objectives, security requirements, the processes employed and the size and structure of the organization. These and their supporting systems are expected to change over time. It is expected that an ISMS implementation will be scaled in accordance with the needs of the organization, e.g. a simple situation requires a simple ISMS solution.
This International Standard can be used in order to assess conformance by interested internal and external parties.
With our expertise, we can help you achieve ISO 27001 Certification, by helping you plan and execute the requirements for this ISO Standard.
We have successfully developed CyberSecurity Plans for Shipping Companies and helped them achieve ISO Certification.
An organization needs to undertake the following steps in establishing, monitoring, maintaining and improving its ISMS:
We provide complete Cyber Security Management Solutions for every business requirement.
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