Protecting your organisation: Four key steps to Cyber Resilience

Did you know that in 2022, IBM published a report stating 95% of cyber breaches are due to human error? 

This statistic may come as a surprise, but it makes perfect sense when you consider the employee mistakes or deliberate actions that can occur to put your cyber security at risk. 

From losing credentials, phishing, misuse, or negligence, such as not following security processes and procedures, downloading infected software, sending data to an incorrect address, or reusing passwords, there are many ways in which things can go wrong. 

Therefore, an organisation must ensure that staff at all levels understand the cyber threats that exist both internally and externally and that they are aware of their responsibility. 

To achieve this, it is vital to build a culture of cyber resilience in which staff have the necessary skills, knowledge, awareness, and information about what their actions or inaction can result in. 

Let’s look at four ways to achieve such a security-focused culture, reduce mistakes and ensure comprehensive protection. 

How to build cyber resilience into your organisation 

Research has shown that organisations with a strong security culture have a far higher resilience score than those with a relatively poor culture; this demonstrates just how important it is to look at your practices. 

So, what can you do to make a change? Article 21 of The European Union’s Second Network and Information Services Directive outlines measures to help organisations manage cyber security risks, prevent breaches from occurring, and protect customers. 

Here we detail four such measures that you can implement across your organisation to achieve these goals and build a more robust cyber culture:  

  1. Establish a clear and co-ordinated cyber security policy: Set expectations, guidelines, and best practices for all teams and staff members. Combine this with effective and regular communication to ensure individuals understand their roles and responsibilities for risk detection, protection and response.
  2. Prioritise and integrate cyber security into daily operations: Encourage teams to report suspicious activities and share concerns, and emphasise they are the first line of defence. Regularly conduct cyber security training sessions with applicable resources around common cyber threats and safe online practices to help them stay vigilant against potential risks and employ various communications channels to engage your teams and keep security front and centre.
  3. Undertake frequent cyber security assessments: This will help identify vulnerabilities and gaps within your infrastructure. Implement practices for timely software updates and patching. Stay up-to-date on emerging threats, industry best practices, and evolving technologies to help your security posture evolve and ensure effective crisis management.
  4. Develop and test incident response procedures: You will ensure a swift and effective response to potential/critical security incidents. Support this with transparent processes that allow individuals to report incidents promptly and provide clear channels for communication across teams around security concerns.

Improve your cyber resilience with Brightsolid today 

Changing workplace mindset and culture is not easy but rather a continuous improvement programme.  

It may seem a daunting and time-consuming prospect; however, using Brightsolid’s in-house Security Operations Centre (SOC) takes care of the technical side of your cyber security from monitoring and management so your IT and security personnel can focus on developing those business-critical processes and policies needed to drive behavioural change at every level. 

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