Last week, we discussed “Email Security and Employee Cybersecurity Awareness Training.” This week, we discuss Data Backup, Firewalls, Incident Response and Business Continuity measures for improving your Cyber-Risk profile the BEST you can as FAST as you can.
Digital Transformation is introducing more and more technology to support organizational efforts to provide critical services to their members. With this comes more and more potential “openings” for Cyber Criminals to attack.
Many Cybersecurity experts state “it is not a question of IF, but rather WHEN an organization will be attacked”. Given this, it is important to prioritize taking the proper precautions to minimize the impact of a potential attack.
Smart data storage and backup, firewall, incident response, and business continuity Policies and planning are 4 of the most important considerations for minimizing the potential for a disruption of services.
A Proper Backup Policy positions you to respond quickly to restore availability of data and critical applications and reduces the likelihood that equipment failure, accidental deletion or at worst a ransomware attack will adversely affect the continuation of community services.
Firewalls act as a gatekeeper to prevent intrusion and remote access for unauthorized personnel, to keep your network from being targeted by viruses and malware and serves as a defensive channel to control the network traffic based on security parameters.
Incident Response and Business Continuity Policies
Incident Response and Business Continuity Policies and Plans are important to develop and test before they are needed. Incident Response and Business Continuity provide guidance for both users and staff during an incident to ensure proper and timely steps are taken to resolve the incident.
A Business Continuity Policy identifies potential disruptions and disasters, defines mitigation strategies and procedures to ensure continued delivery of services and other critical functions when the original system or facility becomes unavailable. The IT portion of the Business Continuity Plan should include the following:
Planning and documenting the Best Practices Policies will go a long way to protecting you from and minimizing the potential cost from a disruption of service.
Next week, we will discuss the importance of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Access Management providing an additional layer of protection at the end-user level.
ResoluteGuard uses industry best internal and external scanning tools to identify your Cyber-risk strengths and weaknesses and populate easy to use, easy-to-understand smart workflow reports that align the governance, administration, and technical activities to the common objective: avoiding a disruption of critical services.