In 2022, cyberattacks surged by 38%, impacting 422 million lives. See more scary stats here. This reality underscores the crucial importance of cybersecurity hygiene in today's digital age. As organizations increasingly rely on technology and data-driven operations, the threat landscape has grown exponentially. Cyberattacks, data breaches, and malicious activities now pose severe risks to sensitive information and a company's reputation. The need for strong cybersecurity practices has never been greater, ensuring your organization's resilience against potential threats, safeguarding valuable data, and maintaining the trust of your customers.
It all starts with proper cyber hygiene, the essential habits and practices businesses put in place to ensure long-term success. Just like brushing your teeth or regularly showering, focusing on your organization's health first can pave the way for effective cybersecurity initiatives and successful future opportunities.
Here's everything you need to know to get prepared for the present and future in risk management and response. This comprehensive guide will help you assess your current cyber hygiene practices and educate you on current threats and trends, enabling you to capitalize on new opportunities and proactively safeguard your company's well-being. Want something a bit more bite-sized? We’ve got you covered. Stay ahead of cyber threats with these must-know insights for modern organizations.
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The impending changes AI brings reinforce the importance of getting the fundamentals right. A solid understanding of risk, a fully-fledged risk management plan, and an updated people strategy that creates a cybersecurity movement within an organization are foundational to preparing for new challenges - and new opportunities - that lie ahead.
People often ask, “What’s the ROI for cybersecurity initiatives?” It's difficult to answer because it's difficult to quantify something that doesn't happen - that is, a cyberattack. Security systems are like stage managers; if they do their job well, no one will ever notice them. So let's talk about the risk every company leaves themselves open to if they do not undergo cybersecurity initiatives that get their hygiene up to snuff.
If your organization, like thousands of others, doesn't have a robust internal cybersecurity team, you may need assistance from a company like Launch that provides expert cybersecurity consulting. You don't have to commit to a full transformation all at once. Common examples of cybersecurity consulting projects include:
A leading energy company sought an independent assessment of their Critical Infrastructure Protection, or CIP-010-3, processes to identify and address compliance gaps in their policies, procedures, and processes. Specifically, they required evaluations of deficiencies in change management, configuring monitoring, vulnerability assessment methodology, and handling of transient cyber assets and removable media processes.
To address these challenges, Launch delved into all North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP policies associated with CIP-010-3, especially emphasizing configuration change management. Our experts provided insights on the baselining of systems, change management procedures, the annual vulnerability assessments, and new procedures for transient cyber assets and removable media.
As a result, Launch pinpointed critical areas that would be potentially problematic in an audit. Our utility client addressed these areas, minimizing the risk of non-compliance - and along the way, they fostered an enhanced compliance and cybersecurity culture in their organization.
Recognizing the importance of building up their cyber hygiene to protect themselves from future attacks, a California university hired Launch to conduct an assessment of their security and network infrastructure. Our team developed a remediation plan that would help the university improve their security posture - and just as they prepared to engage us to fix the issues we found, disaster struck. The university was hit by a ransomware attack.
The university wasn't prepared for an attack, but thanks to the assessment, we were prepared to respond. The Launch team identified and contained the ransomware within eight hours. Working with the school's insurance company and forensic experts, we restored critical operations overnight, and full operations in under five days.
Crisis solved, Launch and the university set out to resolve the security issues we identified in the remediation plan. For instance, the school didn't have any security alerting or monitoring in place before; now, they have a SIEM solution to prevent future attacks. Together, we're managing - and improving - their ongoing security initiatives.
As we move into an era of even savvier cybercriminals now augmented by AI, protecting your digital assets has never been more difficult or more critical.
Achieving sparkling cyber hygiene isn't easy, but it is simple. Follow the steps in this guide and you will build up a healthy immune system that fends off viral attacks - a security ecosystem built on trust, compliance, and resilience. With this solid base and an organization-wide cybersecurity movement, you will be ready to take advantage of the new opportunities AI offers to proactively keep your organization safe and healthy.
So, the next step is yours. How will you take your next step down the path to protecting your business without going broke? If you'd like an expert hand to help, we invite you to take a Future State of Cybersecurity Workshop. Sit down with the sharpest minds in security, cloud, and strategy for an interactive working session - and start readying yourself to race down that road.