As cybersecurity has evolved into its current state, its scope has widened across not just teams but departments. Organizations are catching on that managing cyber risk takes an effort from everyone, both inside the information security team and apart from it.
After several years of massive targeted threats, private- and public-sector leaders with seemingly robust defenses have still had their blind spots exposed. Learning to effectively fight back has become a greater priority, and that’s encouraging.
But to mount a cyber defense that’s actually effective, everyone involved must understand what it actually means to fight back. The days of cybersecurity being a specialized, preventive undertaking are over. Instead, organizations need a risk-focused strategy that plans for protection before, during and after an attack.
These six activities should be at the foundation of such a strategy:
- Assess information security risk in computing and networking environments: You can’t mitigate risks before you understand what those risks are and what they mean to your enterprise. A risk assessment can’t be generic; it must account for your specific operations and systems architecture.
- Collect cyber threat intelligence: Once you know what’s at risk in and where you are vulnerable, you must discover who and what might exploit your vulnerabilities. That’s why it’s important to draw intelligence from outside your organization and collect data on developing threats that could cause a critical breach.
- Analyzethe cybersecurity threat landscape: Of course, just collecting threat information doesn’t do much good unless it leads to meaningful analysis. With a potentially overwhelming amount of information coming in, it helps to have intelligence tools that can help you identify and make sense of the most relevant reports.
- Respond to and investigate cybersecurity threats: When you know which threats could jeopardize your data, you can take action — yes, that means closing gaps in your system, but also looking for any indications of previous attacks you might not have identified.
- Analyze data collected from security event logs: A key resource in cybersecurity investigations, security event logs can deliver important insights on suspicious and anomalous activities in your systems
- Assessand defend against post-attack techniques: Even after you shut down a breach, you might be at increased risk of follow-up attacks. It’s important to develop and execute a plan for shutting out such attackers.
If you are trying to bring your skills up to par with modern cybersecurity needs, Lunarline instructors are prepared to help you get there with a new CyberSec First Responder (CFR) course — a self-directed, self-paced Computer Based Training (CBT) program that equips students with the skills needed to fight back against modern cyber threats. Learn more at the School of Cybersecurity website linked above or contact us for more information.