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Foundation for Building a Strong Cybersecurity Program

Cybersecurity is always evolving as technology continues growing. New resources and tools help organizations create stronger layers to their overall strategy. Regardless of new cybersecurity advances, there are several key building blocks to create a foundation for a strong cybersecurity program. 

SIEM

SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) is a system that monitors any abnormal tendencies, patterns, or activity on an organization’s network. SIEM offers security teams the ability to centralize record storage, making it easier to track activity in real-time. The system provides reports that IT professionals can use to make necessary changes concerning data security. SIEM is extremely beneficial in reducing response time and eliminating security gaps.

EDR

Hackers have developed new methods of taking over a network. EDR (Endpoint Detection & Response) technology helps prevent this from happening. EDR creates lists based on user characteristics. The technology runs analysis and keeps an eye out for unusual activity. If the technology detects any activity that suggests that a user’s account has been hacked, EDR will swiftly alert IT professionals. 

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Patching

A strong patching process is essential to any cybersecurity plan. Patches are necessary when a security flaw is detected in a process, system, or software. Security patches ensure that organizations are constantly addressing any holes that pose a threat to critical data. Patch management should be a thorough process that is openly communicated to all users in an organization. 

Vulnerability Scan

One of the best ways to identify any security weaknesses is to run tests. Vulnerability scans are necessary to meet this need. IT staff and nontechnical users alike should also be on guard for potential vulnerabilities. If a nontechnical user finds a potential gap that could threaten the organization, he or she should report their concern directly to IT so that it can be addressed and potentially patched immediately.

Cybersecurity Awareness and Education

Employees are the frontline defense for any organization. All organizations need cybersecurity training. Hackers are constantly looking for endpoint vulnerabilities. Teams that exhibit strong cybersecurity awareness don’t give cyber criminals the opportunities they are looking for. Users should be well-trained in identifying phishing attacks, password management, multi-factor authentication, and incident response. 

Summary:

Cybersecurity is always evolving as technology continues growing. New resources and tools help organizations create stronger layers to their overall strategy. Regardless of new cybersecurity advances, there are several key building blocks to create a foundation for a strong cybersecurity program. These include SIEM, EDR, patching, vulnerability scans, and cybersecurity awareness and education.

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