10 essential steps to improve your security posture

A strong security posture takes more than having the right defenses in place, you also need to establish solid plans to ensure you react to any breach in the right way.

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It has never been easier for cybercriminals to infect your business with malware or ransomware. A vast array of malware tools can be bought on the dark web, complete with helpdesks for hackers, making the barrier to entry low. Most hackers will sit on your network for days, weeks or even months, gathering intelligence to infiltrate your systems and then try to exfiltrate data undetected.

While prevention is better than cure, it’s not always possible. The smart move is to take what action you can to guard against intrusion, but also to employ intelligent real-time defenses, and to craft detailed action plans and procedures to handle any incidents that do arise. These best practices will help you reduce the risk of a data breach occurring in the first place, but also reduce the impact and damage if the worst does happen.

1. Establish a risk baseline

The first step in securing your organization is to determine what level of risk you are willing to tolerate. Every business is different. You must assess your data and workflows to find out what the key risks are that would damage your business, and plan to address them in order based on the threat that each one poses. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to cover every base, so to extract maximum value from your resources, make sure you understand where your baseline is and apply a triage approach.

2. Capture a complete picture of your network

From printers to security cameras to smartphones, the number of exploitable endpoints on your system is growing all the time. It’s vital that you have a complete inventory of devices, including small devices and sensors that fit into the internet of things category. Your ability to protect your network depends upon you having a clear, fully mapped picture of it. 

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