You’ve seen it in the news, and you’ve heard it from us before: cyberattacks are growing in number and increasing in their sophistication and frequency. Across all industries and regardless of their size, this is a challenge that all companies face. That is why we cannot emphasize enough the importance of cybersecurity for your business. A key component of your defense strategy against such attacks is your cybersecurity policies. Guidance from the leadership coupled with clearly stated and defined policies that are designed to mitigate risks to your company and outline everyday processes to follow give your company the best chance to withstand an attack.
Here is a brief overview of the two primary cybersecurity policies that every business should have in place and some additional information on cybersecurity awareness and employee education, and how we at Hybridge can help.
Information Security Policy
An information security policy sets expectations for all company employees on what is considered acceptable use of the organization’s information technology systems and data. It defines a person or team whose primary responsibility is security, who will oversee policy implementation and deal with any breaches. It will set guidelines for the access, use and disposal of data and devices. It will assess risks to the company and outline mitigation strategies. It can define specific policies with regards to employee’s personal devices, remote access to corporate resources, and any other company specific scenarios that may apply.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Policy
A Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery policy identifies and quantifies possible risks to the business and tries to ensure business resilience through proper risk management. Significant events considered range from a cyber-attack to a natural disaster. Emergency contacts, escalation paths and procedures are established. Mission critical systems are identified and strategies for their protection created. Contingency plans are outlined and reviewed.
These policies not only need to be defined, they also need to be reviewed, presented, made accessible to all and most importantly they need to be enforced. A lot of effort is spent defining these policies for a specific company, but unless they become part of the workflow and an active mindset amongst employees, they will not be effective. Education of your workforce plays a critical role not just on effectively surviving an attack, but on preventing one from happening at all.
NOTE: For companies going through a certification or attestation process such as SOC 2 or ISO 27001, this is a *required* document.
Cybersecurity education should begin when employees are hired and should be a constant throughout their employment with the company. Most cyberattacks rely on human error to be effective, and it is important to remember to not blame an individual employee if they fall victim to an attack, but to take a look at your organization as a whole.
If your business does not have cybersecurity policies in place, you feel that your current policies need to be updated, or you aren’t sure how to properly train your employees, please reach out, we are happy to assist with all of these matters. As your business partner and IT provider we provide a full range of cybersecurity services and can help you implement these critical policies. Additional services include fake phishing campaigns, internal vulnerability and penetration testing, and custom training and certification. To improve your internal security, give us a call or send us an email. We can be reached at 888-353-1763, or by email at info (at) hybridge.com.
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