Security and risk management leadership of the business organizations is grappling with the increased vulnerability of business assets in the highly digitalized work environment of the post-COVID-19 world. As the digitalization spread, the security risks and challenges are multiplying too. Cyber threats on the not-so-well-secured networks and remote working environment have increased and threatening to leak data and disrupt business practices. Building a cybersecurity program to protect the organization effectively became more important now than ever.
So far business organizations and security leaders have emphasized compliance practices. But now, they have no other option except to implement a continuous and sustainable security program. The responsibility rests with the security leaders as the executives are more concerned about outcomes and investments than security. Their unwillingness to invest in security systems leading to a vulnerable work environment with catastrophic consequences. To achieve a comprehensive security program, leadership must take initiatives to develop a robust ability to assess and interpret risks and resolve them proactively.
Here’s a 3-step solution to build a cybersecurity program.
Accountability as Security Charter
As a first step, the security leadership of any organization must assess the security protocols and endorse the roles in a charter. An enterprise security charter establishes the ownership and accountability for the protection of resources. Having a proper document that clearly outlines the defensibility processes is essential to any cyber defensibility. It also gives a mandate to concerned security officials to establish and maintain the program. There shall be a timebound review of the same to ensure sign off responsibilities.
A security steering committee consisting of key business leaders and security team needs to be in place to monitor the threat levels and to take corrective decisions. The committee should also include the top business leaders to reinforce the defensibility across the businesses.
Having a security vision makes any organization better prepared to tackle cyberthreats. It is important to keep the security challenges in mind while deciding on security vision. A comprehensive vision plan emphasizes security assessment at each stage with corrective measures, including the right authority to do the necessary.
Ideally, a security vision can be divided into immediate and long-term business security needs. The human aspect should be given top priority in the security vision.
Make a Quick Response Team Ready
Security issues crop up frequently, and a few threats evolve fast to do great damage. So, there shall be a quick response team with required permissions to clampdown necessary restrictions or delink the programs and applications if required.
Conducting periodic assessments and security readiness to improve the enterprise environment is compulsory for any organization.
Different security preparations should enable business outcomes, not hinder the processes.
It’s time, you build a robust cybersecurity program and make your cyber assets safe and secure.
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