Information and data are the two core lifelines for any thriving business in today’s highly evolving digital age.
Cloud computing has enabled us to put up most of our crucial data at one place for easy access- from company and employee details to banking and payment information. Everything is in the computerized form, unlike several decades ago wherein different set of papers were engaged for business purposes.
We are saved from the wrath of going through millions of rotting records to find a single page of importance. Thankfully.
But data security concern is something that has continued throughout the ages. Earlier it focused on strengthening the physical security of the place (locks and more locks) to secure the tonnes of crucial records, and now it is entirely directed towards providing layered cyber protection.
With hackers using ultra-sophisticated methods to breach our cyber security measures, any loophole in the deployed system can leave an enterprise at risk of losing everything in hand- from important data to trusted clients. We cannot afford it, none of us can!
Thus choosing a smart and reliable cyber security system is of utmost importance for enterprises around the globe.
It might look easy on papers, but devising a correct cyber security plan isn’t an easy task and you aren’t the only one facing this challenge. Today’s market, with thousands of vendors promising the same thing, the process of the selecting the right cyber security system becomes even more complex. This situation is fairly worse for companies with little or no previous knowledge.
We have, therefore, come up with this list of helpful pointers that you should keep in mind before selecting a cyber security system that would suit your enterprise. It has helped many, hope it helps you too!
1. Budget Planning & Policies
Planning is the crucial first step for any purchase or deployment process.
For an efficient cyber security system, we need to have our game all framed out on a defined place and it should answer all the critical Why’s, Where’s, What’s, and How’s. The allotted budget should adhere to your company’s policies at all costs.
An advanced cyber security system is important, yes. But we cannot go about giving most of our money and risk losing our business anyway. Stick to a defined risk-versus-cost rule for a perfect balance.
Another challenge comes in the form of changing technology. Our planning should be devised to keep up with them, being static is just not an option. The budget should be shifted simultaneously.
2. Identify the Current and Past Cybersecurity Issues in your Enterprise
We cannot decide on a system before knowing any current or past issues faced by your organization. Know what issues or information assets are at stake and require immediate attention. What degree of protection does each of the issue require?
Your IT team would know the best about this! Sit down and know where are the loopholes that need to be fixed asap. Devise a comprehensive security plan revolving around them.
Multiple cyber security measures from different places or one-measure-for-all, choose a system that completely fits the risk-zone your company falls in.
3. Evaluate your Potential Cybersecurity Providers
Now that you have come up with a plan and a budget for an effective cyber security system, it’s time for you to shortlist a series of providers that provide optimum service that suits your business as well as pocket.
Assess smartly, know what their strong points are and if it matches your requirements. Take your time, but do not take forever. Remember, your important data is at risk.
4. Deployment Process Complexities
Nobody wants to drag a process, especially when crucial information and the whole business is at stake. Thus, ensure that the system you are planning to adopt has a shorter deployment process with maximum productivity.
Seek a cyber security option that is simple to handle and avoid systems that would add on to your already complex IT environment. It should be easily accessed by your staff.
5. Existing IT Security Investments
Assess the chosen system well. See if it requires a complete ‘rip and replace’ process in order to function properly, and thus taking down millions of dollars you might have spent on strengthening your IT security.
An idea cyber security system should be compatible with your existing security systems, at least for a transitional period. It should be simple yet flexible enough to take in data feeds from your current systems.
6. Full Ingestion of Data
In order to deviate the risk surrounding your enterprise, you need to have a full visibility into the data- where it is going, who is using it, any changes or additions.
This means you need to have a system that could consume all the data from all the places in real-time- structured, unstructured or binary!
Get a ‘data-agnostic’ system that could provide you with any anomalies- insider or outsider- in real-time so you can take immediate action!
7. Delivering the New Cybersecurity Program
Bringing a new cyber security system in action needs a series of changes in the organization. You need to define authorities, limited access options, stricter passwords, and training your employees on its usage and restrictions.
From planning for a new cyber security plan to actually deploying it in our organization requires a lot of patience and determination. These seven steps might ease some of your work, though!