The new year is a great time to take stock of your current security solutions and how to improve your security posture. We put together a list of our top 10 cybersecurity strategies for 2019 to help you reduce your attack surface and get your security program ready for whatever attackers want to throw at it.
- Get Security Building Blocks Right – In order for more advanced security solutions to be effective, every organization still needs to maintain the basics, including:
- Inventory Management – You can’t secure what you don’t know you have.
- Patch management – Poorly patched systems and applications still contribute to many major breaches.
- Firewall policy restrictions – Ensure your firewall only allows required connections and nothing else.
- Right-Size Your Risk Management – Every organization needs a right-sized risk management process that depends on the organization’s size, vertical, and complexity to ensure security effort and spend are used most effectively.
- Advanced Malware Protection – Many organizations still only leverage traditional antivirus applications. Today’s threats require more advanced malware mitigation strategies at the endpoint and at the perimeter.
- Backup and Recovery – Organizations must have a tested backup and recovery solution to ensure they can recover from malware and ransomware in a reasonable timeframe. These events can severely impact a business, but a backup and recovery strategy allows your business to continue while you remediate your environment.
- Privileged Access Management – Control of administrative access is critical to mitigate any breach. The majority of attacks start with compromised credentials.
- Cloud Assessment and Workload Protection – The ability to evaluate security configurations in near real time and remediate issues in a cloud environment with dynamic changes is vital. Proper workload protection and assessment can save you thousands in cloud expenditures and ensure your company remains secure.
- Multifactor Authentication – Use multifactor authentication to address weak passwords for key applications and data repositories, as well as remote access. Multifactor authentication is one of the quickest and easiest ways to ensure would-be attackers can’t access your network.
- Incident Response Planning – You don’t want to try and figure this out during a breach. By spending time planning now, you’ll save time and money when an incident does occur.
- Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions (EDR) – While detection is great, most organizations need help with responding. An EDR solution can give your IT team the tools they need to quickly close access once a breach occurs.
- Vendor Management – Organizations depend on third-party and cloud services more than ever. It is critical to carefully select and monitor service providers to ensure they are protecting your systems and data on your behalf.
If you have any questions or want more information about any of the 10 items above, visit accudatasystems.com or call 800.246.4908.