Be prepared for the worst by implementing the best cybersecurity for every stage of growth.
It makes sense that you will need increased security as your business grows. Otherwise, capacity problems arise making security problems much more likely. That’s why scalable security is important. It allows you to increase or decrease in capacity to support a larger or smaller load, subject to variations in demand, safeguarding your systems, even if your load increases.
Enterprise size companies are becoming more aware of the need for cybersecurity and reliable cyber hygiene. Smaller companies, however, are becoming the focus of targets for cyberattacks, especially the companies experiencing growth and still developing their security plans. In 2019, 43% of cyberattacks targeted small businesses, showing the essential need for a robust security strategy. Large or small, your security system must adapt as your digital environment grows. The question is…are you prepared?
Here are our 5 smart tips to halp scale your security:
- Be Proactive
The number of touch-points that attackers can access is multiplying, so adopting a proactive approach to your cybersecurity is essential.
Your security program or disaster plan needs to scale in line with company growth, whether that’s the number of employees you have or your digital footprint. As you grow, your technology requirements will naturally expand to include more users and a broader range of internal, external, and cloud services. Having security controls, processes, and tools in place, such as penetration testing, will help you prepare for scalability and avoid potentially damaging problems.
- Get the Right Measures in Place
In the first quarter of 2020, cyberattacks increased by 33%, mostly spurred by the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the potential for a disastrous breach is high, reinforcing the need for the best security program possible. Here are some proactive cybersecurity tools and measures that can make a difference.
- Penetration Testing
- Attack Surface Management tools
- Network Security Monitoring tools
- Web Vulnerability Scanning tools
- Antivirus Software
A Managed Service Security Provider such as VAZATA can provide all of the tools and services listed above and more. Other benefits an MSSP can provide include:
- Ongoing vulnerability and penetration testing
- Performing security scans on a routine basis
- Giving enterprise IT freedom to do security oversight
- Helping to advance overall enterprise goals
For a growing business, there is a lot to consider when it comes sustainable security.
- Educate a Security-Centric Team
Cyber-awareness throughout the company is essential, so invest in training the best people for each task. A well-structured IT or security team is the only way to sustain your security plan. They must be able to respond efficiently to any problem, in addition to routine activities. Well-trained, responsible security teams will know what to do, knowing who is responsible for remediating vulnerabilities detected and making sure of compliance with regulatory requirements.
Attackers use progressively refined techniques to target unsuspecting employees and launch an attack, so ‘how’ they are trained is of utmost importance, e.g., knowing what to look for and what to avoid.
Technology is involved in almost every job function in some form, so it is crucial that organizations thoroughly communicate their cybersecurity policies and procedures to all employees. Avoid making the training complicated or dull. Give your employees the tools they need to succeed in their security-centric roles.
- Employ Continuous Cybersecurity
Anti-virus software is no longer enough to protect your data because the threat of cyberattacks is constant, and although annual penetration testing is essential, vulnerabilities can crop up at any time, particularly as your business grows. Continuous and automated cybersecurity tools are needed for 24/7 assurance against threats. You must be able to respond the minute a vulnerability is identified.
Automated testing will continuously search for weaknesses. These tools can save time, energy, and money, enabling you to scale your security — an investment that more and more companies are frequently making.
- Assurance and Compliance
It’s important to know that other companies you are contracting with are equally security-minded. Compliance gives your clients confidence in your organization for handling their data. Scaling your security provides both you and your customer assurance.
Security should be a high priority for all businesses, now more than ever. Learn from your mistakes and stay informed. Remain resilient but be prepared. Ultimately, scalable security offers an easy way to manage your digital environment while giving you and your customers confidence that their critical data is secure.