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When you mount a defense, in any context, your aim is to prevent the offense from making any progress. A defensive line in football would keep the offense to 0 yards – or even put it in negative territory. A pitcher would love to throw a perfect game every time.
But when you consider that in 140 years, Major League Baseball has only seen 23 official perfect games, it’s easy to see that considering anything less than perfect to be a failure is a big mistake. That’s because you’d have no trained response to any offensive success; every hit would turn into a run.
That’s important to remember in cybersecurity. Although any organization would love to shut out cyber attackers every time, that goal is unrealistic in today’s networks. Hackers constantly advance while you are building your defenses, and it’s more than likely that an exploit will eventually penetrate your defenses. This is why you need to make sure a significant part of your plan is to build your organization’s resilience to attacks.
To mitigate damage, you have to have “shock absorbers” at the ready, so to speak. In the context of cybersecurity, that means being prepared with a strategy.
If you’re at a loss for exactly what kind of strategy, here are three tips to get you unstuck:
- Understand the value of your data: Go beyond the IT mindset and be sure you understand the business value of different types of data on your network.
- Prioritize to inform your response: When you know the importance of different data sets, you can make informed decisions on what actions to take. Is restoring a backup going to cause more harm than good? If you know the value of your data, you’ll know the answer.
- Involve other departments: Security operations need not work in a silo. Make sure you are having departments inform you of their data and processes. This way, you can better understand how data should be segregated and mitigate damage.
Lunarline helps organizations across sectors to improve their cyber resiliency. To learn more about us and how we can help, contact us today.