Cybersecurity Strategies: Proactive Security Posture

With the sharp rise in remote devices and endpoints connecting to network resources, how can organizations meet user demands and minimize their exposure to security threats, vulnerabilities, and breaches? One wrong click can give a malicious user access to sensitive data. One overlooked vulnerability can result in compromised security.

Although a perimeter defense is integral to protecting systems from unauthorized access, cybercriminals can infiltrate environments through alternative routes, causing internal and external damage. For enterprise-level organizations, an exploited security gap can endanger initiatives for the foreseeable future as well as harm brand trust permanently, and for small- to medium-sized organizations, a security breach can be financially catastrophic.

By maintaining an aggressive and proactive security posture, organizations can reduce their attack surface, execute compliance rules, and extend security throughout network environments, protecting infrastructure, resources, and users while ensuring the right users have access to the right data at the right time.

Top 10 Proactive Security Tips

  1. Avoid unknown emails, links, and pop-ups

  2. Be cautious with unvetted USB devices

  3. Encrypt mobile devices

  4. Use a strong password and an MFA

  5. Only connect to secure Wi-Fi

  6. Ensure data has backup protection

  7. Update anti-malware, virus protection, and OS

  8. Use a firewall at home

  9. Embrace cybersecurity training and education

  10. Be aware of social engineering

While the list above helps reduce risk and improve threat prevention, a dynamic cybersecurity strategy also needs to establish monitoring and compliance without compromising cost. Audits must be as close to real-time as possible. Even if accurate, snapshots of an outdated security posture cannot help organizations determine what is taking place in their environments when it matters most. With decentralized workforces becoming more common, organizations can address this challenge by generating audits automatically, performing tasks that normally take days or weeks in minutes. Within regulatory-driven organizations, this delivers the accuracy, granularity, and speed to locate assets touching the network, ensure uniform policy compliance, and improve visibility without jeopardizing efficiency and safety.

At its core, practicing a proactive security posture does not require spending wildly on security products; however, it is easy to fall into a false sense of complacency unless organizations can detect the sophisticated tactics of malicious users, continuously improve on best practices to minimize risk, and monitor for unauthorized behavior in real-time with consistency.

To deliver the right level of security in a cost-effective manner across the organization, security teams need to enforce standardized processes, review identity and access practices, and focus on the surrounding security conditions. This consideration and familiarity of its security posture are akin to the knowledge one must have of market conditions. Cybersecurity needs to receive the same degree of attention so that IT has the tools to identify assets on the network and prevent suspicious activity while ensuring the right users have the right privileges to access the right information at the right time.

Flycast Partners offers multiple security offerings keeping information safe.

  • Security Awareness

  • Security Planning

  • Password Management

  • Email/Phishing Solutions

  • Network Penetration

  • Breach Response

  • Consulting Services

Flycast Partners implements software processes and security practices reducing risk and protecting systems from unauthorized behavior. With our help, organizations can adopt a proactive security posture, minimize exposure, and monitor assets connecting to network resources -- all while maintaining compliance.

To learn more, please reach out to Flycast Partners. Our IT solutions provide consistent access control enforcement and effective risk mitigation, ensuring data remains only accessible to the right users.

By Frederick Sears | September 16th, 2021 | 0 Comments