It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Here’s Your 5-Step Review

The headlines are filled with cybersecurity breaches. Millions in settlements, thousands of customers’ information compromised, and countless apologies. 

Threats are everywhere we look, especially in the media. 

What you don’t see, though, are possible breaches mitigated by vigilant security teams.

It’s less of a catchy headline: “Local Hospital Almost Experiences a Breach, No Data Lost.”

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve compiled a 5-step review to keep your organization off the 5 o’clock news. 

  1. Implement an Internal Audit.

    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so start by discovering yours. Does your password management need work? Are you keeping up with your patches?

    Perform an internal audit to lay out what you’re working with. Understand where you’re security program excels and where it might fall short. Completing regular reviews ensures that you maintain a working knowledge of how you’re doing and where to go next.

  2. Address Any Gaps.

    With your new understanding of your security program, take some time to map out improvements. Create a comprehensive list of what needs to be addressed and set a plan for each—who will complete the task, when it should be finished, and how to assess that it’s effective.

    Also, determine if you or your team will be the most efficient (or qualified) to address the gap. If someone else can do it better, faster, and cheaper than you can, consider outsourcing.

  3. Update Your Policies and Procedures.

    As you address gaps in your security program, it’s crucial to document those changes by updating your policy and procedure documents. Not only is this important for your own records, but it’s also required to comply with any external compliance audits.

    Your policies and procedures help inform your staff, company-wide. Make sure this document is easily accessed if your employees have questions.

  4. Train Your Employees.

    Are your employees going to read your policy and procedure document front to back? We’d like to think so, but that isn’t quite reality.

    Conduct a comprehensive and engaging training for your employees to more fully understand your cybersecurity processes. Teach them to identify suspicious activity and avoid making mistakes that could lead to compromised data.

  5. Review Your Incident Response Plan.

    We can plan all day, but something might still get through. Have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re prepared for the worst. If a security issue does surface, you know exactly who to contact and what to do.

    An up-to-date incident response plan ensures that you can respond to an incident with as little downtime as possible. It’s also a requirement for most compliance audits. 

Bonus:

 

  • Hire a Cybersecurity Professional.

    Security is a huge responsibility. The burden doesn’t have to rest on your team’s shoulders, though. Hire a cybersecurity professional to keep your data safe.

    Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can take the pressure off by doing the heavy lifting. They can identify your security gaps, train your employees, and keep you compliant.

Technology Lab is a leading MSP serving Middle Tennessee. We take the time to understand your organization’s processes and security program before we ever begin. Our team works to design a customized long-term technology strategy that fits your current processes and helps you reach future goals.

Contact Technology Lab today. Our experts are available to talk through your toughest challenges and find the best solutions—always with the highest-quality customer service.