FEAR: WHEN I GET THE CALL A 3AM THAT WE'VE HAD A DATA BREACH, WILL I BE READY?

With the confluence of burgeoning technology trends in business today – wearable technology, cloud computing, Internet of Things, big data and more – it’s human nature to look at your existing IT environment and wonderDo I have the right mix in place to not only advance our business but keep data secure? 

We’ve spent several blogs in the past month going over the very real fears we hear every day from CIOs and CISOs alike when it comes to the human aspect of cybersecurity, from having the right people to the proper mix of technology and business acumen to explain to the board of directors the importance of having a cybersecurity plan in place.  

This week, we’ll take a closer look at the fear of preparedness – specifically, “When I get the call at 3am that we’ve been breached, will I be ready to respond?” 

It’s not a matter of if your company will be breached, but when it will occur. The number of data breaches continue to increase in frequency and scope. Hackers are exploiting more gaps in 20th century IT infrastructure faster than companies have been able to respond to them 

It’s not just about data breach detection, even though it takes far too long to find out you’ve been penetrated – and you often hear from the media or other third parties which immediately puts you in a reactive posture. It’s also not just about having the right people in place to help you look for breaches – but also the expertise to actually do something about the hackers rifling through your sensitive customer information and intellectual property. It’s a confluence of all these problems, and many CISOs and CIOs ask me if they will ever be able to take time off work again to take their families on vacation. They’re worried if they are not available when a cyberbreach occurs, it will take too long to respond and resolve attacks.  

Since it’s difficult to hire good cybersecurity expertise in-house, it’s opened the door to managed security services, or MSSPs. Here are three ways you can rest assured no matter what time you receive the dreaded “we’ve been breached” call, you have the right system in place to keep the situation under control:    

  1. Proper knowledge and awareness: You must understand what happened during a breach in order to prevent it from happening again and its subsequent effects – including costs, time, resources, and learning curves. Take this a step further and conduct in-depth system and network security audits as well as penetration testing to ensure only authorized items are running on the company’s systems and network. Train employees on how to securely manage sensitive data, and update training as new policies or solutions are put into place.   
  2. Implement a strong incident response plan. Third-party cybersecurity advisory services can help you assess your level of risk and exposure to data breaches. Don’t wait until you’ve been attacked by hackers. Establish who will be in charge of investigating breaches and the steps you need to take to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.   
  3. Fortify your incident response plan with technology. Implement a data privacy solution at multiple points within your company. Instill strong encryption at the network, application, database, and storage levels. The right mix of encryption, access control, authentication policy management, DLP, and endpoint security solutions can provide a safe space for your company to collaborate and store sensitive information.    

We can help: US Cyber Vault has the right mix of experienced professionals, next-generation technology, and unsurpassed scalability to make sure when you receive a call from us, you will know what’s happened, how it’s being contained, and what we're doing to ensure the hackers never have the chance to infiltrate your company’s defenses again. Contact us today so we can work with you to put a cybersecurity plan in place that will allow you to sleep at night.