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The Insider’s Guide to Cybersecurity: Best Practices for Implementation and Sustained Vigilance

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Dec 11, 2023 7:00:00 PM


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In this series, in conjunction with Agile Cybersecurity Solutions (ACS, our cybersecurity testing and consulting partner), Keypoint Intelligence investigates the many facets of cybersecurity to deliver insight and strategy. Check back here next Tuesday for more free tips and tricks, helpful hints, as well as solutions and tools—all to help you navigate the potentially treacherous waters of cybersecurity.



Implementing and sustaining robust cybersecurity compliance programs is non-negotiable for modern organizations, regardless of industry or size. By formally assessing information risks, enacting safeguarding policies, fostering security-conscious cultures through training, actively monitoring infrastructures, and promptly responding to threats, enterprises can satisfy legal obligations while responsibly protecting sensitive data.


The foundation of any cybersecurity compliance program starts with leadership-driven prioritization that is grounded in the fundamentals of risk management. Organizations must inventory crucial assets like customer data, intellectual property, production systems, and financial information to understand what requires priority protection. Comparing the sensitivity and the business impact levels for each asset using a defined taxonomy informs policy and control customization across systems and locations. Internal technology teams, along with third-parties, can then evaluate existing defenses and remaining vulnerabilities to quantify the general security posture against known threats. Equipped with this objective risk overview, leadership can align on and codify their risk appetite to guide program scope, rigor, and (most crucially) ongoing budgetary support.


Next, organizations draft and implement formal system-specific policies, procedures, and configuration standards that mandate administrators and employees utilize tools like multifactor authentication, encrypted communications, complex passwords, principle of least privilege access management protocols, patching cadences, and air-gapped backups to harden the human and technological attack surface. Annual cybersecurity training then provides simulations of phishing attempts, social engineering calls, or unauthorized access inquiries to ensure personnel can execute prescribed controls and recognize threats. Refreshing modules annually or biannually cements retention while workaround testing via unauthorized breach attempts keeps programs effective even as environments evolve.


On the tech side, logging, monitoring, scanning, and ethical hacking testing protocols provide near real-time threat detection capabilities alongside providing visibility into control efficacy against the latest criminal tactics. Monitoring managed by either internal cybersecurity specialists or third-party managed detection and response (MDR) partners uncovers oversights like unpatched vulnerabilities or misconfigurations before incidents arise—ensuring organizations fix these gaps quickly before catastrophic breaches occur.


That said, even robust preparations cannot guarantee 100% safety as threats constantly evolve. Well-defined, rehearsed incident response plans coordinated with public authorities’ speed can assist in the investigation, eradication, recovery, and control improvement when breaches inevitably happen. Post-incident analysis then feeds back into policy and configuration standards enhancement.


Keypoint Intelligence Opinion

Cybersecurity compliance is not a point-in-time checkbox activity, but a flexible and business-critical competency requiring ongoing improvement. As platforms underpinning nearly all internal and customer-facing functions, digital environments today represent the heart of the modern enterprise. Safeguarding the ecosystem grows only more complex as third parties as well as cloud and interconnected technologies expand attack surfaces. The result is that organizations must continue to invest in the maturity of layered defenses, from secure system design and architecture to intake screening and access governance.


To achieve progress, cybersecurity experts must sit at every executive table and collaborate across silos. Complacency begs for compromise, but organization-wide engagement in improving safeguards provides resilience. By approaching cybersecurity as a strategic business imperative, companies can ensure that they stay compliant and competitive for the long run.


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