Revisit Your cybersecurity resolutions.
Yes, yes, yes, I know. It’s not January 1st anymore. I agree. Regardless, you should look at your cybersecurity policies and ask if a) they are up to date, and b) if you’re meeting them. This includes interviewing your IT department. They may see your network and cybersecurity practices different than you do. They see the threats cybercriminals launched last year and can predict what may come this year.
Whether your network is large or small, whether you’ve experienced a large breach or not, there are some resolutions you should verify. Also remember that you do not have to wait until January to create new resolutions.
Fortinet’s cybersecurity resolutions.
What resolutions have you made to improve your cybersecurity posture in 2017? Here’s what our friends at Fortinet recommend.
- Resolve to rethink how you look at security. Gone are the days where you can throw up a wall and expect the invaders to stay out. In today’s business climate, security has to start with visibility, with open security solutions to work with different vendors and networks. Today’s digital economy is fluid with new platforms, mobile devices, the IoT (Internet of Things) and employees savvy in the ways of shadow IT. Security needs to be responsive to the needs of the business in addition to being up-to-date.
- Resolve to secure the cloud and your reputation. With 20 billion connected devices, the machine-to-machine network has created a giant, mostly insecure attack surface ripe for any hacker. At the end of 2016 we saw a massive attack on the internet in the U.S. and Western Europe, wielding internet-connected devices that attacked the cloud. While most businesses need to rely on the cloud, that trust will end when a breach affects a customer of that business operating in the cloud – as we saw in 2016. Secure who has access to your online resources and defend the cloud and your reputation.
- Resolve to acknowledge the security skills gap. The shortage of cybersecurity professionals is real, and getting your whole IT team up to speed will take time. Find a partner who can bring you the skills you need. Managed security services providers (MSPs) are consultants who can provide everything from advice to turnkey solutions to guidance through the world of cybersecurity.