April Awakening – how’s your cyber security posture?

by | Apr 1, 2024 | News

How's your Cyber Security posture?

How’s your Cyber Security Posture?  As we step into April 1st, a new quarter unfolds before us, presenting an ideal moment to stop, review, asses and reevaluate our Cyber Security posture.

The first quarter of the year has seen a surge in cyber attacks targeting businesses of all sizes and industries. From ransomware attacks crippling operations to data breaches compromising sensitive information, the threat landscape has grown increasingly sophisticated and relentless. As we navigate these turbulent waters, it’s imperative for businesses to prioritise cyber security as a key part of their overall business strategy.

A robust cyber security posture not only protects against potential financial losses and reputational damage but also instils confidence among customers, partners, and stakeholders. With the new age of remote work and reliance on digital platforms, securing our networks, endpoints, and data assets has become paramount to maintaining business continuity and resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.

So, how can you ensure your business is adequately prepared to confront cyber threats in the months ahead?

Conduct a Comprehensive Security Risk Audit: Begin by assessing your organisation’s current cyber security posture, identifying potential vulnerabilities, and evaluating the impact of cyber risks on your operations, finances, and reputation.

Develop a Cybersecurity Strategy: Based on the findings of your risk assessment, develop a tailored cybersecurity strategy that aligns with your business objectives and regulatory requirements. This strategy should encompass proactive measures such as implementing security controls, conducting regular security assessments, and promoting a culture of cybersecurity awareness among employees.

Invest in Cybersecurity Solutions: Leverage cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies and solutions to safeguard your digital assets against emerging threats.   From Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls and endpoint detection and response (EDR) systems to advanced threat intelligence platforms, investing in these tools can effectively detect, prevent, and mitigate cyber attacks. In today’s mixed IT, IoT, and OT world, it’s crucial for businesses to adapt their cybersecurity strategies to encompass the diverse technologies and systems they operate.

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Educate and Train Employees: Human error remains one of the leading causes of cybersecurity incidents. Empower your employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise and respond to cyber threats effectively. Provide regular training sessions, conduct simulated phishing exercises, and reinforce cybersecurity best practices to cultivate a security-conscious workforce.

Establish Incident Response and Business Continuity Plans: Prepare for the worst-case scenario by developing comprehensive incident response and business continuity plans. Define clear roles and responsibilities, establish communication protocols, and practice tabletop exercises to ensure a swift and coordinated response to cyber attacks.

If you’ve read through this and alarm bells are ringing, reach out and let us help you get on the right track.  It’s never too late.

Gerry Sheldrick, COO, Pure Networks