Close the gap on cyber security

Close the gap on cyber security

There is more to cyber security than just preventing attacks. In fact, traditional methods of prevention have proven ineffective.

A Forrester study predicts that 60% of businesses will become victims of a security breach in the next year. Even worse, 80% of businesses will experience a security breach and will not be aware of it. This should be a wake up call to all businesses — they must find a way to close the gap between the breaches they’re catching and those they aren’t. An effective cyber security program consists of three stages: prevention, detection and remediation.  Most businesses are failing on at least one-third of an effective cyber security and risk management strategy.

What can your businesses do to close the cyber security gaps?security breach unaware

  1. Educate and involve employees
    Educate employees on your security strategy and how to recognize and report threats.
  2. Put someone in charge
    Clearly define who has authority over your company’s cyber security and who’s responsible for upholding it.
  3. Create a culture of awareness 
    Encourage the sharing of threat intelligence inside your organization, as well as with other companies in your industry to create a culture of openness that gives employees and partners the chance to report activity that could lead to the detection of a security breach.
  4. Establish an Enterprise Information Security Architecture (EISA)
    An EISA is a plan or system that provides structure and support to a business’ security processes. The primary purpose of creating an enterprise information security architecture is to ensure that business strategy and IT security are aligned. Work with your cyber security consultant and IT provider to integrate an EISA plan that aligns with your specific security and business initiatives.
  5. Take advantage of analytics
    Context-aware security analytics mitigate cyber-attacks by analyzing a business’ metadata — where the data came from and who authored it — to identify suspicious activity. These analytics act as another line of defense against sophisticated hackers who have circumvented initial security measures. Our security intelligence analysts work with clients to analyze their current security posture, review trends in the client’s environment and provide policy tuning and strategic recommendation.

Contact ACE IT Solutions for a free cyber security assessment. We can help you develop a cyber security and risk management program that meets your organizations’ specific needs and requirements.

ACE IT Solutions’ Security Services, offered in partnership with IBM, provide a simple and cost-effective way to limit potential threats 24×7. Through our partnership with IBM, ACE IT Solutions leverages one of the world’s largest collections of security information to combine advanced analytic capabilities into cloud-based security services that can be mixed and matched according to each business’ specific needs.

  • This post was inspired by an article in the Wall Street Journal on closing security gaps within your organization.