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5 Steps that May Help Minimize the Impact of a Cyberattack 

The risks of cybersecurity tend to bring additional burden to everyday processes. Protecting company data, networks and information means every door needs to have a lock on it. The mistake that a lot of SMB’s make is the assumption that a tool designed for today’s attacks will work for the future; which can leave them vulnerable to damaging threats to their data.

What exactly is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting all entryways into your organization (systems, networks, and applications, for example) from an attack. The attacker is most often interested in one of 3 things (although there are numerous other reasons, these are the top 3):

  1. Destroying sensitive/confidential information
  2. Extorting money from users
  3. Accessing and/or changing information

Regardless of the goal, a cyberattack can be a major disruption to normal business processes, not to mention the destruction it can cause the business if hackers are successful in accessing your data. 

Actively Protecting Your Organization

There’s no real one-size-fits-all solution due to the complexities in today’s work environment. More companies are employing remote workers who require network access and equipment in order to function adequately.  What’s more, implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated with each attack becoming more complex than the next. 

A smart approach to cybersecurity is employing a multi-layer solution to protect data, apps, networks and computing systems.  Choosing your unique cybersecurity path is a valuable measure to take for your business.

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5 Functions of Cybersecurity Risk Management

A framework proposed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers five primary functions for a successful cybersecurity program. This framework provides a way for organizations to document and execute their management of cybersecurity risk and carry out smart risk management decisions.

Identify: Identify policies and vulnerabilities, the organization’s position within the supply chain and physical as well as software assets that may be at risk.

Protect: Generate an awareness of the risks through training of staff, protecting resources through regularly scheduled maintenance, and ensuring that systems in place are robust enough to support the infrastructure.

Detect: The detect function establishes the activities that help your team identify a cybersecurity event. The goal is of this function is early detection to minimize (not necessarily avoid) the threat, which ultimately should reduce the overall impact on the business.

Respond: The respond function covers activities during and after an event.  This includes a communication plan, as well as a plan that identifies the necessary steps to mitigate and analyze after the event occurs.

Recover: The recover function helps to manage the restoration of capabilities or services that may have gone down during an incident with the goal of restoring operations in a timely manner.

Cisco and Cybersecurity

Although it’s important to have individuals on your team who are skilled and educated on this subject, it is equally helpful to employ the services of a provider who has the experience and knowledge to assist with the assembly of a robust plan.  At CNP we help customers build the proper framework for their cybersecurity needs.  With support from manufacturers like Cisco, a cybersecurity leader, we make the entire process less cumbersome for IT to manage in an age where our infrastructures are getting more and more complicated.

For more information on how to protect your company assets, contact us today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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