The most prominent security breaches in recent history have unsurprisingly been connected to some of the world’s largest organizations, which hold enormous databases of sensitive information. However, beneath the surface of these highly public disasters is an important trend: a pattern of hackers exposing vulnerabilities among smaller, less protected third-party vendors.
Cyber criminals, in taking the third-party route, have been able to exploit large organizations without taking on their security systems directly. A hack of PNI Photo led to a compromise of photo services at CVS and other stores in 2015. Home Depot, Target, Boston Medical Center and others have been compromised because of security shortcomings within a partner’s system.
Far from being overlooked, the tendency of hackers to target small vendor partners is forcing smaller businesses to take on the cybersecurity standards of Fortune 500 companies. The blue chips undergo rigorous auditing as part of their network defense, and they are beginning to hold business partners to the same standards.
If your small- or medium-sized business delivers services to larger clients, the prospect of passing audits for regulatory requirements may seem daunting. However, there is guidance available to help you get the job done efficiently and within budget.
In a recent post for CSO, Center for Internet Security (CIS) outlines seven steps to get yourself prepared for an audit. These include:
- Creating and maintaining an inventory of all devices connecting to your network.
- Establishing a list of approved software and firmware for these devices.
- Changing user access privileges, using the principle of least privilege.
- Applying secure configurations.
- Regularly patching to close security gaps.
- Building a sound incident response plan.
- Using the right resources to make these actions simple and repeatable.
Smaller businesses don’t have the budget or staffs of their larger counterparts, and thus they must leverage intelligent solutions to achieve their compliance and security goals. Lunarline has the set of innovations, services and expertise you need. Our product suite includes tools for automating secure configuration and simplifying vulnerability scans. And within our consultative service suite, we offer expert guidance on setting up for the regulatory standards you need to meet.
For more information on how Lunarline can help you, contact one of our experts online today!