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3 Tips to Bolster Your Cybersecurity Efforts

Cyberthreat. It’s one of the latest “it words” in the IT field and can be heard on an almost daily basis. These threats are quickly problematic for firms since they can cost millions of dollars for unprepared firms. Firms quickly place blame on the fact that firms believe that a lack of cybersecurity talent is leading to these attacks. Even IT professionals feel that there is a shortage of cybersecurity experts.

This belief is a sign that there a more significant problem at hand. Those firms with IT professionals, are often understaffed and trying to complete the jobs meant for multiple staff members. Requested work frequently falls out of their expertise scope. Shortage of cybersecurity talent also means that network security alerts that do come through may fall through the cracks. Most often, there is not enough time to give each event the attention it truly deserves.

The current IT staff can’t keep up with the high volume of information that they must address. Such a high amount of information and such a low number of staff directly correlates to the increase in data breaches.

Also, cybersecurity experts are in high demand. Cybersecurity experts have such niche experience which can also drive up salary requests. A smaller firm may not be able to hire an expert since it’s just not in their budget.

There may be some challenges when it comes to the state of cybersecurity at your firm. But having complete control over cyberthreats with a security operations center (SOC) doesn’t just have to be a dream. We’ve developed three ways to help you ensure that your cybersecurity is still useful even during a skill shortage.

Hire Cybersecurity Minded Talent

The first and most important thing any firm can do have a leg up against cyberthreats is to hire an IT professional that has a strong cybersecurity knowledge. Just because you do not have a cybersecurity expert, does not mean IT professional shouldn’t have an understanding of the risks that your firm may face. These individuals can help mitigate some risk, and can even participate in training courses that can bolster their cybersecurity knowledge.

This may not fix all problems, but adding staff members who can help strengthen cybersecurity efforts in even just the slightest bit can be an improvement over doing nothing at all.

Make Cybersecurity Your First Priority

Make security a priority in all company decisions.

All employees can have an impact on a firm’s security health. Instituting education and training can have a dramatic effect when it comes to protecting a firm. This effort must come from the top down to instill how cybersecurity impacts all other business decisions.

Cybersecurity directly touches all facets of the business, and it is crucial that a firm considers this. Such a mentality will ensure that security is factored into decisions and isn’t just an afterthought.

Adopting this mentality company-wide will ensure that security factors into every decision from the top down, rather than being an inconvenient afterthought.

Use Help When It Comes to Detection and Response

Small to medium-sized firms don’t always have the resources to develop a state of the art SOC. Thus, it makes sense to bring it outside help to help bolster current internal efforts. It is important to know that outsourcing is not a cure-all for cybersecurity problems. It is vitally essential that firms still implement the first two recommendations to strengthen policies and procedures.

Working with a security provider that specializes in state of the art tools and technology can alleviate pressure. A provider such as Accellis can allow a firm to invest in security measures, while the provider manages and detects unknown threats.

The provides firms with fast detection and response, and the burden of maintaining the tools for threat monitoring is no longer on the firm. Instead, it falls on the provider. A provides also will offer recommendations for processes to improve the overall security posture based on ongoing, real-time security analysis of the organization’s network. As a result, the firm ends up with a security solution that is similar to a managed security operations center (SOC) which, paired with the above considerations, will adequately address the issues of product management and alert fatigue without taking shortcuts or breaking the bank.

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