With a little research and basic planning, small companies can make big strides against the cybersecurity threats they face. Here’s how.
Security Lessons- Whether in the private or federal space, there’s one thing all IT security teams must deal with: making the most of limited resources to protect sensitive information. And while budgets are slow to increase, threats develop fast. Anyone with an Internet connection can now launch a cyberattack from anywhere in the world by just pressing a button.
How can IT professionals effectively stretch their limited resources across their entire security domain? This is a dilemma that federal agencies have been dealing with for decades, and their solutions are something that anyone building a security infrastructure in the private sector should consider.
Lesson 1: Focus on the Fundamentals
Government agencies are responsible for some of the most sensitive information on the globe. What makes public sector cybersecurity more effective than a private enterprise with five times their overall IT operating budget? They know where to focus their limited resources, and they do the heavy work up front.
Private sector IT teams often fall victim to a common problem: being reactive instead of proactive in their approach to cybersecurity. In many cases, it’s only after a breach that a company will decide it’s finally time to invest in security infrastructure. Unfortunately, by that point, the goal is no longer to prevent an attack. It’s to prevent it from happening again.
This reactive approach in the private sector often stems from the notion that since the organization has never been attacked before, there is no reason to spend precious resources planning for something that may not happen at all. With competing IT priorities, private sector organizations often choose to put off spending money on security tools, especially with competing IT priorities.
The reality, of course, is that no organization can afford to wait. Worse, an organization that holds off on creating a robust security infrastructure until it is hit by its first attack will spend much more time and resources remediating the threat than it would have spent preventing the threat. By 2021, cybercrime will be a $6 trillion industry. Organizations should do all they can now to avoid becoming a part of that statistic.