Cybersecurity in a Post Pandemic Business Ecosystem - Part 3
In the first two parts of Cybersecurity in Post Pandemic blog series, we looked at the changing business operations in the last two years, followed by the cybersecurity challenges as an outcome of the pandemic. In this blog, takeaway best practices to build cyber resilience in your business ecosystem.
9 Best Practices to Build Cyber Resilience in Business Ecosystem
As working models remain hybrid, developing effective security strategies and embracing security solutions that can respond to evolving threats with optimum turnaround time has become extremely crucial. Here are some best practices to embrace to build cyber resilience, strengthen the security posture of your organization, and ensure the highest level of enterprise security:
Embrace Security-First Mindset
Having a security-first mindset is one of the first steps organizations need to take, to navigate the security challenges of the post-pandemic world. To do this, you need to first understand your current security posture and then think about what measures you need to have in place to optimize threat protection.
Strengthen Cybersecurity Posture
Operating efficiently in the post-pandemic world requires organizations to keep up with the escalating demand for operational speed, efficiency, and agility. Although adoption rates for the cloud are at an all-time high, organizations need to drive continuous efforts in strengthening their cybersecurity posture using concepts like DevOps and the CI/CD pipeline.
Enable Security by Design
Enabling security by design is yet another way organizations can cope with cybersecurity risks in the post-pandemic world. Instead of implementing security controls as an afterthought, taking a comprehensive security and compliance management approach to security is imperative to proactively protect business assets, customer data, and the brand.
Take Multi-Layered Cybersecurity Approach
In the post-pandemic era, cybersecurity is not just about securing the enterprise perimeter. Organizations need to take a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity to react and respond to today’s threat landscape. Instead of taking action after attacks hit endpoints, a multi-layered approach takes a holistic view of cyber defense.
Automate Security Implementations
Relying on manual approaches to security implementation can no longer work in the turbulent post-pandemic era. Since bad actors are constantly on the lookout for the smallest of gaps or vulnerabilities, automating security across the enterprise is a far better way of thwarting existing and emerging attacks.
Implement Zero-Trust Policy
Another strategy to adopt in today’s age of remote working is zero-trust. Instead of making everything accessible to everyone and then having restrictions in place, implementing a zero-trust policy makes sure your security model adapts to the complexity of the modern enterprise environment and the era of hybrid work.
Limit Data Access
Limiting data access is also a great way to safeguard organization security. Since a large percentage of users continue to access corporate networks from remote locations and personal devices, limiting data access by implementing strong authentication and authorization measures can restrict unauthorized access to critical enterprise assets while also restricting data or identity theft and misuse.
Increase Security Awareness
The security maturity of your organization depends largely on how aware and educated your workforce is. Since your employees are your first line of defense, it is important to train them on security and associated risks, so they can handle security issues, as and when they emerge.
Build Security Operations Center
Building a centralized Security Operations Center is another great way to deal with security issues – at an organizational as well as technical level. A centralized function like this can not only help in preventing, detecting, and correcting cyberattacks; it can also help in effectively managing and enhancing the organization's security posture via the right people, processes, and technology.
Fear and a sense of urgency were some of the most powerful vectors of human exploitation used by cyber attackers, and this was clearly visible in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a constant surge in cybersecurity incidents, organizations soon learned that they had to quickly take steps towards enabling robust and comprehensive cyber resilience across their business ecosystem and safeguard their business against current and evolving threat mechanisms.
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