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There are 4 levels of cybersecurity. 

What level are you?

Cybersecurity is now the top business concern across all industries.  

 

Cyber threats are expected to cost business $2 trillion dollars next year and shutter over 60% of small businesses that experience an attack.

Where is your organization when it comes to cybersecurity?
 

Is your organization...

Level 1:

Cyber Blind

“We don't know where we stand.  We are hoping we don't get attacked.  

 

We count on security through obscurity.”

Level 2:

Cyber Aware

“We know where we stand, and we know why cybersecurity is relevant to our mission and bottom line.  

 

Still, we need to plan and prepare."

Level 3:

Cyber Prepared

“While we can't stop every cyber attack, we have done our best to thwart obvious attacks.

 

We have a plan in the event an attack, but we need to practice it."

Level 4:

Cyber Proactive

“We proactively manage and measure our cybersecurity risk.

 

 

We are working on being resilient in the face of cyber threats.” 

 

Level 1:

Cyber Blind?

Your next move:

 

When it comes to cybersecurity, ignorance is not bliss, especially if there is something you can do about it. 

 

Here are three easy ways to diagnose your cybersecurity situation and immediately reduce your risks:

1.  Cyber Health Check

Take a brief yet broad diagnostic based on best practices (NIST) that will help you understand what policies and practices you should put in place. 

2.  Vendor Risk Assessment

Most smaller organizations depend on vendor systems, which mean you are only secure as they are.  Do your vendor capabilities, features and contract terms protect you?  We have a tools that can help you figure that out.

3.  Employee Awareness

 The overwhelming majority of cyber attacks come through your employees.  Developing and tracking employee awareness may be the highest leverage investment you can make, and we can show you how it can be not only painless, but fun and effective.

 

Level 2:

Cyber Aware?

Your next move:

 

Cybersecurity is about risk management, so you need to be clear about what aspects of your business you cannot afford to lose, and then you need to go about minimizing the likelihood that an attack will cause you to suffer loss.  For some organizations, that starts with regulatory compliance, which could result in fines or loss of revenues if you fail to handle it.  For others, an attack might cause an outage that is unacceptable.  

 

Here are three things you can do to improve your security posture:

1.  Incident Response Plan

Auto-generate a plan based on best practices, or customize it for your organization.  We have tools that will create your plan in minutes.

2.  Compliance and Audit Prep

 Make sure your policies and processes are compliant and audit-ready.  Don’t let a cyber attack expose non-compliance and cost you money and reputation.  

3.  Cybersecurity Insurance

 This can help with the unexpected costs of responding to a breach if one happens.  We can help you understand your options and what may be right for your organization.

 

Level 3:

Cyber Prepared?

Your next move:

 

Once your cyber house is in order, you are ready to proactively develop a resilient organization.  You need to think about your investment priorities as you put in place capabilities that can increase your protections and your visibility in the face of cyber threats.  

 

Here are three things that this requires:

1.  Cybersecurity Roadmapping

There are many security investments you can make.  Based on your cybersecurity strategy, some of these investments will be more fruitful than others.  Regardless, your adversaries are constantly shifting.  You need to know where to spend your money and efforts wisely. 

2.  Infrastructure Hardening

You may need to invest in “hardening” your cyber infrastructure, whether it is locking things down with increased network and endpoint protection, avoiding downtime via continuity-of-service capabilities, sniffing out suspicious users and malware using behavioral detection technologies, increasing your threat intelligence or many other approaches.  We can help you make choices that align with your strategy, mission and risk management approach.

3.  Cyber Risk Management

You need to have visibility into your cyber preparedness: What capabilities are in place, and what are we planning to do?  To what degree do our employees understand their responsibilities in keeping themselves and our organization secure?  We have a dashboard that allows you to see these things in real time and to use it as a tool to keep management, the board and IT aligned around cybersecurity.

 

Level 4:

Cyber Proactive?

Your next move:

 

Once your cyber house is in order, you are ready to proactively develop a resilient organization.  You need to think about your investment priorities as you put in place capabilities that can increase your protections and your visibility in the face of cyber threats.  

 

Here are three things that this requires:

1.  Incident Response Scenarios

Deploy scenario-based, role-based training  so everyone is confident what to do in the case of a cyber attack: IT, employees, the management team and the board.   We can customize them to your organization in a way that is engaging, effective and efficient.

2.  Secure the Value Chain

 

Work with your vendors, partners and customers to help them improve their security capabilities and culture.  

3.  Mobilize your Security Champions

 

Use every opportunity to demonstrate that you and the organization are committed to cybersecurity.  Identify your security champions throughout your organization, and   reward them for promoting security culture and for finding security flaws and broken processes or policies.  Need help?  Let us know.