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Ten cyber security essentials for digital organisations

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18 October 2016

Global Services

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It’s clear that cyber security enables better business in a digital economy, and here we’ll explain how you can protect your organisation more effectively.

Ten tips for better cyber security.

In our research paper with Cisco, we pooled our extensive expertise and devised a list of ways that any organisation can use to improve its cyber security. Here’s a brief look at ten effective measures to keep your systems and data safe.

 1. Do the basics right.

Upgrade your infrastructure and patch known vulnerabilities so cybercriminals can’t take advantage of them. Then explain basic security measures to users and encourage them to keep the door closed to potential attackers.

 2. Have a security vision that allows you to naturally defend what’s important.

Ask yourself: what are your critical assets (both physical and digital). Where are they, and why are they vital? Then consider how to protect them.

 3. Classify your data.

Every organisation needs to rate all of its documents, images, content and data. This can be according to, for example, sensitivity or geography, but the important thing is having a classification system in place and making sure all of your data is part of it.

 4. Get visibility of your network activity.

In digital business, the volume of traffic is vast — so data analytics can help monitor the environment and identify anomalies that could be fraudulent or malicious.

 5. Consider a greenfield site for digital innovation.

It’s a good policy to start digital projects in the cloud from the beginning, because this will help you avoid transition or contamination from legacy infrastructure. Plus, it gives you greater flexibility and security.

 6. Be on the right track from the start.

Calling in the cyber security experts at the beginning of your digital venture will make sure that you’re set up correctly. It will also increase investor confidence and prepare you for complex issues in the future.

 7. Accept that your security will be compromised.

Your balance should be 50-50 protection and recovery. And as part of this, it’s important to be proactive, finding holes and weaknesses before others do. The model you should aspire to is one of incremental improvements — every day, even every hour, rather than chasing an impossible goal of 100 per cent security.

 8. Find measures that everyone can understand.

The time it takes to detect a threat is a good example. Once you’ve collected enough data on key areas, put these metrics into graphics to help get the message across to non-IT stakeholders.

 9. Lean on security partners.

Working alone isn’t enough when it comes to digital security. Similar to specialist business functions like finance and law, this expertise doesn’t need to be in-house. It’s important to call in the experts when necessary.

 10. Secure your supply chains.

Large organisations typically have smaller businesses in their supply chain and the reality is that these can often be a weak link — perhaps not even considering themselves a target for cyber criminals. So it’s important larger businesses play a role in helping their suppliers to defend themselves.

For more on these tips, and how to keep your organisation safe and secure, download our latest cyber security paper here. Or get in touch with us and we’ll make sure your security is ready for whatever the future holds.