Three Strategies for Taking Control of your Cybersecurity Fate (+ Free Webinar!)
When it comes to cybersecurity, the average organization spends the majority of its energy buying security products. But does this actually make them safer?
While companies hope that some combination of firewalls, antivirus, and other security products will prevent a cyberattack, this approach ignores the human element of cybersecurity. Organizations need to properly educate their employees and other stakeholders on cyber risks and security measures, while also recognizing that there’s no way to be 100% secure.
However, there are steps you can take to gain control of your cybersecurity fate, shape how threats affect you and actively fight back. We’re hosting a Going Savage webinar on October 3, 2017, to show you just how to do so.
Here’s a sneak peek into what we’ll be covering and how you can better protect your organization by taking control of your cybersecurity fate.
Strategy #1: Harness The Power of People
To start, recognize that security is not (just) a technical problem. In fact, 90% of all attacks start with a phish—which means a human being has to fall for it. Because all employees can be targeted, IT can’t only be the only ones worrying about cybersecurity initiatives. The organization is much bigger than just IT, and those on the front lines (a.k.a. everyone else) need to understand what sound security strategies look like… and why security matters in the first place.
Executives and other business leaders, including HR, need to work with IT to understand risks and figure out how to best communicate security concerns and best practices to employees. If they can do so in a way that encourages employees to be vigilant and critical, then your organization will have an advantage.
During the upcoming webinar, we’ll provide examples of strong internal communication and training strategies that help you improve your company’s overall security.
Strategy #2: Understand the Why
One thing we have found interesting in our work as security professionals is that folks often don’t take the time to understand the motivation behind an attack. Of course, the primary objective is to put a stop to the attack, but if you don’t understand the purpose of it, it becomes harder to do so.
For example, organizations need to understand who is a target and why. If the motivation of the attack is to gain access to employee information, it’s more likely that HR employees will be targeted. If the goal is to extort money, then those who report to the CFO might come under fire instead, perhaps with a fake invoice or request to wire money. Additionally, organizations need to understand who might attack them and why. For example, competitors may want to steal trade secrets or spy on your bidding strategy to get ahead.
During the webinar, we’ll discuss specific ways you can gain this type of insight and help you think through why someone would attack you. Understanding attackers’ motivation can help you better secure your business.
Strategy #3: Prepare for the Worst
While improving communication and understanding cyber risks helps strengthen cybersecurity, there’s unfortunately no way to guarantee attacks won’t occur. Even the best technical solutions and employee training can’t always stop spearphishing, for example, because these messages can be so well-crafted that they even trick those who have their guards up.
Thus, companies need to prepare for inevitable attacks. Prepare for the worst and most likely scenarios in terms of a cyberattack, and you’ll be able to make an otherwise bad situation much more manageable than if you stuck your head in the sand.
Preparation means having clear internal communications and public relations plans. Don’t plan to never fail. This isn’t a good strategy, because it’s unrealistic. Responding strategically is a much better and more realistic plan. In our webinar, we’ll show you the difference between a good and bad response. You’ll be amazed when we tell you that a breach actually helped a small business grow.
Make Humans The Cornerstone
We built Strongarm to help you bring humans into your security strategy. One way we do this is with our on-demand phishing education. When users click on phishes, Strongarm stops the attack and then provides the user with a message from you and an educational game. By providing information during the time the user makes the mistake, we can decrease click rates and better protect your people.
Sign Up for the Webinar Today
Make sure you have the knowledge needed to take control of your cybersecurity fate. Join Todd O’Boyle, CTO of Strongarm, and Adrian Sanabria, Director of Research at Savage Security for a lively discussion on October 3 at 2 p.m. ET, focusing on real-life security scenarios that illustrate the points above. Todd and Adrian will walk you through these scenarios and show you a better way to approach security. You’ll learn how to proactively plan and sanely respond when an actual attack takes place, and you’ll leave with strategies for protecting your people, information, and company against all forms of cyberattacks.
P.S. Can’t make the webinar? Sign up anyway, and we’ll send you the free recording afterward!