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How To Tell If Your Cybersecurity Strategy Is Prone to a Cyberattack

By Angela Shugarts • Posted over 3 years ago


What does your current InfoSec environment look like? Are teams prepared to tackle evolving threats? Is your cybersecurity strategy aligned with business objectives? Do you and your team undergo regular training to stay ahead of hackers? If you’re not sure, this blog is for you. Today, we’re outlining some of the most common, overlooked, unrecognized, and “I-just-don’t-have-time” aspects that comprise an insecure InfoSec culture so CISOs can cross reference these items against their own cyber environment.

Lack of Executive Level Threat Intelligence & Communication

Board members are looking to CISOs to report on the latest threats hitting their organization coupled with an explanation of WHY they’re being attacked. If CISOs aren’t regularly positioning themselves in front of their board communicating the company’s vulnerabilities and business risk, what happens is a lack of intel across the organization. If key stakeholders don’t have a general understanding of the latest threat intelligence happenings, a culture that values a “data privacy first” mentality cannot thrive. Skip the technical jargon and explanations of malware variants—a high level view of hacker profiles, new techniques, and new methods of hacking as it relates to the organization is sufficient.

Inconsistent (or Absence of) Cyber Team Training

If your cyber team isn’t regularly training to upskill, they will not be prepared to tackle the latest threats. Businesses fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds . So, you can bet that those methods of infiltration only get more advanced as sophisticated threats convert to successful attacks and breaches. With this threat evolution comes the dire need for cyber teams to stay on top of the latest threats—and the only way to do that successfully is through immersive, gamified training. The benefits of gamification for cybersecurity training  are numerous, and far outpace traditional classroom learning.

Irregular System Updates, Monitoring, and Auditing

Performing regular system updates seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people let it slip through the cracks. Systems that aren’t regularly updated and assessed against current licenses/requirements will certainly be the demise of any secure cyber environment. Even little things like updating passwords monthly or installing the latest software updates can put companies at great risk. In the healthcare industry alone, about 78 percent of medical devices were breached  because they weren’t properly locked. Continuous monitoring and auditing the system’s lifecycle—coupled with enterprise-wide system protection usage and authorization—will keep organization’s systems strong against threats.

These are just a few of the cybersecurity insecurities we see emerge in our conversations with new customers. They’re seeking InfoSec solutions that strengthen their security posture, so they can enable their team and be a trusted, visible source and security support system for the business.

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