There's no denying that the methods of cyber attacks have grown in sophistication year after year. The increased complexity of the potential risk has resulted in a never-ending number of solutions designed to address that risk, especially those created to evade ransomware attacks. Unfortunately, there is no single solution to ransomware; therefore, the approach must be comprehensive to cover all the bases and ensure effective cybersecurity.
Whether we like it or not, there is more to evading a ransomware attack than quickly installing software on your computer. The challenge with combating modern ransomware is that robust cybersecurity protection can be complex with many moving parts. Holistic protection requires multiple layers of defense, including a solid foundation, an involved culture, and technology that goes beyond traditional antivirus and firewalls. Building a comprehensive cybersecurity program can feel like an uphill battle – especially when you don't have full-time, dedicated cybersecurity experts on staff – but it doesn't have to be.
The ABCs of Comprehensive Cybersecurity
To begin building a comprehensive cybersecurity program, focus on the ABCs:
Assessment and testing- Your first step in the cybersecurity improvement process. Before you buy and deploy the next hot tool or fancy security software for your new devices or servers, conduct an overarching review of all aspects of your current cybersecurity posture by performing assessments and testing. These can include cybersecurity health checkups, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and stolen password scanning, all of which are designed to give you an accurate idea of where your cybersecurity stands today and where there is room for improvement.
Baseline - Building a strong foundation of plans, policies, and procedures is crucial to every good cybersecurity program. Getting a proper baseline of documentation in place can solidify your cybersecurity posture. This baseline will lay the groundwork for future improvements to your cybersecurity program and can include technology and data use policies.
Culture - Your loyal users are on the front line and can be one of your best forms of cyber defense. Through phishing simulations, training videos, rewards, and recognition, you can build a culture of cyber-defenders who are ready to protect your organization from attack.
It's a Posture, Not a Project
Okay, there's one more. D is for "Do it!" Cybersecurity is a posture, not a project. We already know there are no effective tools you can just set and forget; instead, it's worth the investment to build a comprehensive cybersecurity program from the ground up that can be reassessed and readjusted depending on evolving risks.
D is also for Defendify! We can help you streamline the ABCs of cybersecurity – including assessments, testing, policies, training, detection, and response – into one consolidated and cost-effective solution. And the best part? You don't need an in-house security team to have robust and comprehensive cybersecurity.
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