Our business ecosystems have begun rapidly changing, and with cybercriminals dominating the IT risk landscape, a new vocabulary is developing. One of the latest additions to the lexicon of many is the concept of “Security Posture,” a techy word referring to the strength and security of your IT infrastructure. This approach puts an increased presence on internet-born vulnerabilities for business technology.
What Makes Up Your Security Posture
Cybersecurity risk includes both your likelihood of a breach and how easily it would be for hackers to gain access to your critical pieces of network technology. Most companies implement firewalls, educate employees through cyber awareness training, and practice proactive monitoring to attempt to ward off potential breaches.
But this is simply not enough anymore.
In today’s connected age, a more holistic approach, or a Plan B, is needed to ensure that business operations can continue and data is secure and retrievable if a breach occurs. In the context of managing cybersecurity, organizations need to make decisions and create a cybersecurity recovery strategy based on the deliberation and analysis of their security posture.
What to Include in a Security Posture Assessment
Along with breach potential, businesses should try to forecast the effects a breach would have on their organization. Quantify risk and the costs associated with a disaster, along with estimated downtimes, as a foundation for steps in your recovery strategy. Defining the likelihood of a breach and putting proper protocols in place is a better option than off-the-cuff reactiveness after a security incident happens, which may not be effective.
Using findings from your cybersecurity posture assessment, combined with industry statistics and cybercrime analytics, will enable you to establish a backup and recovery strategy to reduce potential long-term damage to business operations if an attack happens.
Aspects to include in your Security Posture Assessment include:
- How your organization is currently managing cybersecurity
- Where risk can be introduced from those with access to your systems
- Your cybersecurity posture benchmarked against your industry
- The cost of downtime if a breach occurs
- The protection state of your mission-critical data and how easily it would be to retrieve
Request a Security Posture Evaluation
Prepare your business for a potential attack and reduce the effects cyber attacks can have on your network with a Security Posture Evaluation. If your business would like an entire analytical analysis by one of our security specialists, we would be happy to assess your network. Just reach out today.