Real-time Events and Monitoring Critical to Cybersecurity Success

A recent article from Forbes had some fantastic information regarding Cybersecurity, especially during this pandemic.  One key item which was brought up in the article was the need to have real-time information and to respond quickly as items are uncovered.  As Kelly Bissell, Global Senior Managing Director at at Accenture noted, real-time knowledge is critical:

It’s really brought into focus how critical it is for organizations to have real-time capability and adaptability of their cybersecurity defenses. Hackers looked for ways to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation immediately, as organizations had to implement work-from-home mandates in short order at a scale and scope not experienced before.

CIOs and CISOs have been on the frontlines of keeping businesses safely functioning during these times. It’s highlighted both the importance of the real-time nature of effective cybersecurity, how difficult it truly is, and the strengths as well as the weaknesses of many organization’s cybersecurity practices for senior leadership. 

Now, more than ever, organizations need to know what is happening in real-time and have the ability to respond to those events as quickly as possible.  No longer is it possible to have a ‘set it and forget it’ approach to cybersecurity.  No amount of software or services can ever replace a solid set of processes and response plan to help an organization during a security incident.  Some important topics to consider as you assess your capabilities and readiness:

  • When was the last time you registered a cybersecurity incident for your organization?  What was your response, follow-up activities, lessons learned and communication for internal and external stakeholders?
  • How often do your employees participate in voluntary or mandatory cybersecurity training?   How do you assess the effectiveness of that training?
  • Do employees know how to report a cybersecurity incident and how do you being your evidence collection process?
  • How are security events recorded in real-time and how are they reviewed or analyzed?  Is it done in the future and if so, how far after an event has taken place?

Asking these types of questions will help reveal what type of posture you have with regards to cybersecurity.  It’s critical to note that cybersecurity is an ever-evolving part of every business and one that is deep-rooted in continuous improvement.  A solid foundation with a documented strategy is an important step to providing the right protection for your business.

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