Cybersecurity is a ‘catch-all’ term and a good CIO needs to ensure that all the systems are well-guarded. CIOs are responsible for keeping track of the latest cyber threats looming around. But the newly appointed CIOs may not know everything initially. Thereby, it is the duty of corporate boards and business executives to participate and extend desired support to the new CIOs.
In this article at CIO, Hannah Williams shares some facts from the Depart of Digital, Culture, Media, and Support that unveils that in 2017, over 43 percent of organizations suffered a cybersecurity breach.
Cybersecurity: The Basics
Be it a device endpoint, network, or the need for basic awareness at workplace, it is the responsibility of the CIOs to ensure a good management team and that all systems adhere to security standards. Moreover, make all the team members trained enough to ward off the risk of cyber attack. The high authorities of the organization need to support the new CIOs by maintaining high-security groundwork to better inform buying and training decisions. Here is a guide to implementing cybersecurity strategy for the new CIOs:
- Propose the Framework: Being the new CIO, you need to prepare and present a security strategy. Make sure you clearly communicate its merits and demerits to the organization. Explain the security framework in the layman’s language for better understanding of all. Moreover, always include a backup plan to deal with additional potential threat and to reassure the board that essential data will remain safe.
- In-House Infrastructure: Once the security framework reaches its target audience and you gain the confidence in implementing it, configure the best technology for the in-house infrastructure. Also, ensure checking network and cloud security to protect against all unauthorized cyber-attacks. The new CIOs need to maintain the safety of all the old network connections while keeping track of data stored with backups.
- People & Process: On priority, implement security awareness training (SAT) to guard your new organization from unexpected cyber-attacks. SAT will help the staff recognize and respond to issues revolving around IT governance and control solutions while improving on the security risk posture.
- Audit & Penetrate: With constantly evolving cybersecurity, it is vital to test the people and infrastructure against cyber-attacks regularly. You may try using the white hat hacker penetration testers to breach your perimeter and learn from it. Frequent audits or running simulated email attacks will be an even better way to maintain cybersecurity of the organization.
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