cybersecurity regulationsWhen it comes to securing your technology networks and meeting compliance regulations, the most effective way you can protect your firm is to build its cybersecurity defenses in a structured, threat-focused manner. Covering just a few of the bases but ignoring the rest can lead to a false sense of security. So, how should you proceed with integrating cybersecurity controls into your organization?

Start with FOUNDATIONAL SECURITY

These are the basic controls that every firm must have in place and include:

  • Automated patch management
  • Perimeter security
  • Data backup management
  • Anti-spam/anti-virus

However, these controls alone won’t provide complete protection against cyber threats. Advanced Security builds upon these basic controls to counteract increasingly sophisticated, targeted cyber threats, some in real time.

ADVANCED SECURITY

Advanced security provides the ability to provide the enhanced visibility and control and combat threats as they arise — which they will, continuously. Advanced cybersecurity includes:

  • Managed detection and response (MDR)
  • DNS security
  • Email security
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Intrusion detection
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Mobile device management (MDM)
  • Security awareness training and testing
  • Dark web monitoring
  • System Hardening

Don’t mistake ADVANCED security for being optional security. Just as cyber threats continue to evolve, so must your cybersecurity strategy. Cybersecurity is a continual process and those who don’t evolve will fall prey to attackers who have the ability to seriously damage your business.

BEST CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has produced a document that details the industry practices and approaches that have proven successful in tamping down cybersecurity risk. Successful controls include:

  • Governance and risk management
  • Access rights and controls
  • Data loss prevention
  • Mobile security
  • Incident response and resiliency
  • Vendor management
  • Training and awareness

Read the full document here:  Cybersecurity and Resiliency 

QUESTIONS?

ACE IT Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of customizable cybersecurity services to meet your organization’s specific risk profile and compliance needs.

We continually invest in evolving our information protection program, developing our people, processes, technology and systems to create best-in-class risk management services. Protecting your information requires a strong defense on all fronts: from setting a dynamic cybersecurity strategy to developing and implementing comprehensive controls and information security services.

Contact us at 646.558.5575 to learn more about how partnering with ACE IT Solutions can help control your technology costs and make your business more secure.

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