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How to Build a Cybersecurity Strategy

How to Build a Cybersecurity Strategy

What is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity, also known as cybersecurity, is a discipline that focuses on protecting information and data. This field of information technology (IT) deals with the prevention, detection, and management of threats that can compromise data security. These threats can include attacks from hackers, computer viruses, malware, spyware, and more.

Cybersecurity is not only about protecting digital information, but also the physical security of data storage devices and servers.

If you were to ask anyone in the technology industry,

"Should security be a priority?" you would get a resounding "yes" every time.

This lack of attention can have serious repercussions. Companies must consider risk in their budget at any level of growth. Ransomware and other security breaches cost companies and governments trillions of dollars each year. A breach in a startup can lead to the company's failure and put the careers of those involved at risk.

It's not a trivial matter: stolen data compromises the privacy and security that a company promises to its users. In addition to the serious damage to a company's reputation (if it survives), there is the financial risk of fines from the FTC.

But an effective security solution cannot be improvised.

Every company presents different challenges in terms of cybersecurity: different types of data, different firewall settings, user account security, and encryption strategies. There is no universal security solution that can protect against all these variables, making cybersecurity services a valuable investment.

Basic components of cybersecurity

  1. Cloud security monitoring: it's a bit like guardians on the walls of a castle, constantly scanning the horizon. In a world where over 90% of companies use cloud solutions, these monitoring services continuously scrutinize a company's security channels, establish priorities based on importance, and then assist in event investigations for possible discoveries in your security fortification. Think of them as fire alarms, they detect smoke, but not the fire.
  2. Observation tools act as the detectives of the castle, identifying suspicious and anomalous data reported by monitoring tools. A current challenge of security monitoring is the need to use a variety of different services to obtain a 360-degree view.
  3. Compliance tracking is similar to an inspector who regularly checks that everything in the castle complies with current regulations. In sectors such as healthcare and finance, where huge amounts of sensitive data are constantly stored and transferred, ensuring compliance with all rules and laws is vital to protect user data and the solidity of a company.
  4. Finally, network security is like the castle wall, designed to protect the integrity of the network through data. This is done by monitoring internal traffic and blocking unauthorized access from the outside.

Application security testing

In the digital age, companies increasingly rely on software applications to coordinate and manage their operations. These applications hold billions of consumer data, making security a fundamental component for their success, along with functionality.

Applications are frequently used on different networks and connected to cloud services. This increases the number of connection points, which can potentially become weak points for security. Therefore, ensuring the security of applications is as vital as ensuring the security of the network itself.

This is why it is crucial to test the functionality of applications to identify, prevent, and eliminate vulnerabilities. This process represents a key element for a successful cybersecurity strategy.

The amount of testing required may vary depending on the architecture of the app, but generally the process includes vulnerability scanning, dynamic and static testing, third-party dependency checks, and penetration testing.

Security audit

Imagine security checks as vigilant guardians. Their task is to examine daily IT activities and compare them with the security standards necessary to keep your company safe in the digital age.

If an area that does not meet security standards is identified during a security audit, it is recognized as a vulnerability. This vulnerability is similar to a weak point in the structure of your house that needs reinforcement, or in some cases, a total overhaul.

When it comes to ensuring the security of mission-critical systems, as well as your data and that of your customers, there is no better investment than a solid cybersecurity defense.