Last week we discussed “Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Access Management measures.” This week we discuss Internal/External Vulnerability scans and Continuous Improvement for improving your cyber-risk profile the BEST you can as FAST as you can.
Vulnerability Assessments can help you avoid data leaks and breaches before they start–but to be effective, you must conduct external and internal scans to do it right. Vulnerability scans identify your Strengths and Weaknesses of your current environment. But it’s not a one-and-done task. You must conduct scans regularly to detect new weaknesses and threats on a continuous basis- we recommend every 90 days. It provides you a process to regularly identify and remediate your most critical and high-risk vulnerabilities.
You add new computers and software on your computer network and Cyber Criminals find clever ways to access your network requiring you to conduct assessments on a continuous basis resulting in a more mature Cyber security posture over time.
Vulnerability scans should follow the National Institute of Standards & Technology- Cyber Security Framework (NIST-CSF) – the “GOLD Standard” of controls the Government recommends as a basis for Public Entities. Frequent scanning, every 90 days, will give you greater clarity on the progress of your remediation efforts and help you identify new security risks based on updated vulnerability information to support Continuous Improvement. If you don’t scan for vulnerabilities and proactively address any flaws that you discover, it’s likely that your systems will be compromised.
Internal/External Vulnerability Scans every 90 days ensure you are maintaining the highest level of Cybersecurity posture possible and support Continuous Improvement. Be sure to conduct internal AND external vulnerability scans. An External penetration test alone is not comprehensive enough.
Document your current environment of all hardware and software applications. You need to know the assets you have so you can properly identify and prioritize vulnerabilities a Cyber Criminal can exploit. Document your network as it grows more extensive, complex, and interconnected with continuous digital transformation.
Easy to Understand Vulnerability Reports prioritized by Highest Risk and Probability/Severity of an incident occurring, provide you with the knowledge and actions to remediate issues. Scan reports identify Internal and External gaps that can lead to security failures.
Cyber Insurance Premiums are increasing, deductibles are more than doubling while coverage limits are decreasing. Align remedial actions with your insurance provider’s cyber liability insurance requirements to be in the best position to qualify for the best 2022 cyber insurance renewal rates. Governance is an integral part of an overall enterprise aligning both Technical, Administrative, and Insurance activities.
Next week, we’ll discuss “Documenting “Best Practices” Policies to support your security strengths”