Small Security Teams — Five Important Security Lessons

Small Security Teams — Five Important Security Lessons — by Alessandro Civati.
  1. Accept that you can’t do it all: One practical way of virtually extending a small business’s security team is asking your security vendor for offered services. You will be surprised to learn about a wide range of complementary services provided alongside their paid offerings. It is an opportunity that many small businesses forego mainly for not asking but can be harnessed to effectively offer enhanced security for remote and in-house workforces.
  2. Response Speed is Critical: Automation of security services is a step in the right direction for security teams in small and medium-sized businesses. Speed in responding to security incidents and challenges is actually the name of the game. Rapid response has been shown to drive down the cost of a data breach. Numerous factors can affect response speed after a cyber-attack, including the size and maturity of an organization, presence, and effectiveness of employee education programs, total headcount, and the processes, people, and technology that you have in place. Response speeds are all about identifying threats, applying fixes, and restoring regular service. Automation helps to significantly cut down on the number of threats as well as prevent unexpected threats. It reduces the number of resources, both financial and human resources, that are spent fighting off cyber threats. Cybersecurity is effectively enhanced when automation is paired with the right tools to provide impregnable protection of a business’s data and assets. Data must be analyzed to identify suspicious activity that may point to the presence of a threat within a network. Automation makes it possible to operate at speed and take proactive steps towards enhancing cybersecurity. With cyber attackers embracing automation to mount attacks with lightning speed, businesses cannot be stuck at manual interventions. Automation allows companies to be faster in response and stay a step ahead of threat actors. Besides protection, automation helps in the prevention of similar attacks in the future.
  3. Best Practices for Numerous Corporate Devices issued to Employees: The new reality of a hybrid work system will mean that more and more corporate devices are issued to employees to facilitate remote work. The security team must consider creating and training employees on the best practices concerning securing and managing all these devices. Best practices will also apply to the security team itself since they will also be working remotely.
  4. Increasing Supply Chain Attacks: Think about it; your supplier’s security is your security concern due to the intertwined nature of today’s supply chains. The security teams in small businesses must still work even with constrained budgets to identify threats currently in their environment and how they can be addressed to avoid posing a challenge to systems paired with it.
  5. Economies and Threat Landscapes Are Changing Rapidly: Most notably, ransomware is growing to astronomical amounts. Business must always safeguard their data and critical infrastructure from being breached or attacked. The best way to protect a business is by instituting measures across the board, from training to deploying technologies that best protect data and other assets.



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