Your business is undoubtedly connected to the Internet in some way - it’s an indispensable part of our modern and business lives – making businesses more susceptible to falling prey to a cyberattack at some point.
The Global Cyber Exposure Indexranks South Africa sixth on the list of most-targeted countries for cyberattacks. Given that enterprise cybersecurity issues are an increasingly regular part of everyday business, what can you do about it?
Put a better response in place
According to a Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr study, fewer than 35% of South African businesses have a cyber-incident response plan in place and it takes an average of 200 days for businesses to identify a cybersecurity breach. So it's imperative to prioritise information security and put measures in place that will help you assess levels of risks and exposure in your network. It goes without saying that you should formulate a cyber-incident response plan which includes notification and escalation procedures when an incident occurs. In this regard, a risk assessment is a good starting point. It will help you to uncover potential threats. We have more information detailing how you can identify the gaps in your organisation’s critical risk areas.
It's not enough to detect risks, you must be able to do something when a threat is identified. In other words, you must mitigate it. Real-time monitoring and reporting will be your go-to capabilities because they put your IT team in control and can track and respond to emerging events.
While security measures to prevent a breach remain important, organisations must devote even more resources to developing the ability to respond to, and recover from, an attack. This cyber resilience is critical because chances are that an attack will succeed – it’s how quickly the business can get back up and running that will determine its sustainability.
Instil a cybersecurity culture
Cultivate a culture where all employees follow cybersecurity best practices. It’s as easy as getting all employees involved in quarterly security assessments and holding regular cybersecurity training sessions in the IT department. Your business can have comprehensive cybersecurity defence systems and sophisticated IT protocols in place, but without an embedded culture of cybersecurity awareness, cybercriminals can take advantage of your employees’ lack of awareness.
We take a multi-layered approach to enterprise cybersecurity because it takes more than one line of defence to keep your enterprise out of harm’s way. Our cybersecurity solutions employ a “Detect”, “Protect” and “Respond” approach so that all your bases are covered. To learn more about what each segment entails, download The IS approach to cybersecurity
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