September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says the goal of the initiative is to “promote family and community disaster planning.” This year, DHS has branded the initiative with the theme “prepared, not scared,” and is using its website to point people toward resources that focus largely on preparing for natural disasters.
However, people and businesses alike face disasters outside the natural variety, too. Some of the most pressing emergencies are those that arise when we’re connected to the internet. Employers and employees must be every bit as prepared for cybersecurity disasters, which have the potential to be every bit as financially catastrophic to a business as an earthquake or hurricane.
Let’s review some of the steps a company, nonprofit or other organization can do to ensure their cybersecurity disaster preparedness:
4 Steps to Be Better Prepared
- Plan ahead of time: Managing cybersecurity risks is not a one-size-fits-all operation. Security operations need a strategy that considers the unique needs of the organization and its network infrastructure. In addition to prevention and threat detection, your plans must include a clearly defined incident response procedure. These are the steps you take after a cybersecurity incident has been identified.
- Look ahead for what’s coming: Once you have a plan and have prioritized risks, consider cyber threat intelligence. By monitoring areas such as the dark web and threats specific to VIPs, cybersecurity experts can keep watch for emerging dangers that could endanger your systems.
- Centralize security operations: A security operations center is key to cybersecurity disaster preparedness. SOCs help organizations connect the dots between different parts of their systems, allowing them to catch threats that might otherwise go undetected. While some companies can afford internal centralization, for many, the best option is to outsource these operations to a managed security provider.
- Don’t skimp on training: Your employees are pivotal to the success (and failure) of your cybersecurity efforts. In fact, insider threats are among the most common sources of security breaches. Make sure your people understand what their roles are in maintaining the company’s security. Also, outline the steps they should take if disaster strikes.
Lunarline offers services that help your organization’s cybersecurity disaster preparedness on all fronts, from managed security and strategic planning to expert-led training programs. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you get ready.