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You often hear that you cannot outsource your responsibility surrounding cybersecurity. And, whilst this is technically true, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain security processes that you can delegate with sufficient oversight. This is somewhat like the use of an accountant, in which the tax office will always make it clear that it is you, not the accountant, that is responsible for the tax you pay – but do not have the help of an accountant would be self-sabotaging. So, here are 5 cybersecurity processes that can be delegated to benefit your business.
A managed cloud is the first thing many of us think of when looking at ways to improve our efficiency within cybersecurity. More and more businesses are migrating their processes and operations into a cloud-based server. The frequent security and compliance updates, cutting-edge tools, and of course, the benefits and flexibility of cloud-based services.
Cloud-based maintenance can cut your costs by 80%, with state-of-the-art security management. It’s not good enough anymore to simply have strong passwords and password management protocols. You need frequent testing, patching, and verification… Particularly in an age in which more and more employees are going remote and working through a VPN, having a managed cloud is the most effective way to deal with this heightened risk of constant threats. A managed cloud is 24/7/365 security with frequent updates in accordance with regulations.
Whether a business opts for cloud-based services or other integration methods, making sure that all cybersecurity processes are inter-connected will play an important role in maintaining security. There is an increasing amount of different processes involved in a smooth running of a modern business, including various applications, software, data points, and other tools. Maintaining cybersecurity should not fall on the shoulders of a single IT team – it should be a joint effort across the company to make use of safety procedures.
Creating such a level of inter-connection in security processes is not an easy task, however, many of these procedures can be delegated across different areas of the business. This includes the most vital cybersecurity processes, such as regular vulnerability scanning and intrusion detection, making use of safety tools like firewalls, VPN, network protection, and so on. If the various security processes and organizational teams can work harmoniously in an integrated way, this will not only help protect the business and resolve cybersecurity issues in a more organized manner but also improve the collaboration among the teams as well as make security a natural part of the everyday business processes as opposed to a separate area in the business.
Penetration testing is essentially a security process that confronts your systems head-on and simulates numerous attacks on your system and employees. Of course, the “successful” attacks are controlled in a way that is not permanently harmful but instead highlights your vulnerabilities.
However, this is something that is not only inefficient to do by hand, but lacks a fresh perspective when done by yourself – it doesn’t make sense for the person in charge of the system to attack it, but rather someone who can simulate an actual attack without the biases of preconceived security measures in place. Delegating penetration testing to a specialist can mean simulating thousands of the latest attacks, as well as professional phishing towards employees to judge their level of vulnerability – which could indicate that they need more training in this area if they do not perform well in the discrete tests.
Of course, you must always retain close oversight over security training, particularly as it must remain relevant to your own systems and be up to date. However, delegating training days to outside agencies can bring a fresh and methodological approach to security training. For example, a fully-fledged phishing awareness course need not be done in-house, but instead may be better done by a team of experienced professionals who can perform much more realistic phishing attacks, closer to what actually exists in the real world.
Furthermore, the more specialist the training that you require for your cyber security, the more it makes sense to outsource the training to a training partner. Furthermore, your senior staff should not lose focus on meeting the company’s goals because they have to ramp up their staff training – delegating this responsibility away from your most valued staff can mean they remain effective in delivering good practices, cyber security, and achieving the company’s goals.
Digital IT desk
Not every business can afford to have an in-house IT department, let alone one that will be capable of monitoring and responding to any security threats while also working on other IT-related tasks, such as app development or web creation. Having a digital IT desk can have a great effect, however, on how well-supported your teams are with their cybersecurity processes and how smoothly any issues can get resolved. Businesses may make use of an outsourced IT desk that works 24/7, ensuring that your processes are regularly monitored and assessed for safety as well as regulatory compliance.
Moreover, speedy incident response and recovery are crucial in the event of a cyber attack. This will be the difference between inquiring about harmful consequences and dealing with the safety breaches before they have any impact on your business. An outsourced digital IT desk will be able to rapidly assess the impact of the attack and implement the necessary procedure to deal with them as quickly as possible. A level of efficiency that an in-house IT department may not have enough resources to ensure. Not only that, your team will be provided with direct and effective support with any cybersecurity concerns they may face.
With cyber-attacks getting more sophisticated and frequent every day, the procedures that businesses can adopt to protect themselves are countless. Understanding the devastating effects of a data breach in businesses, and making use of these tools and procedures is common sense for any business owner. While some may be adopted by the companies themselves, others can be delegated to a third-party service provider to make use of their expertise, save costs and increase productivity.
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