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When it comes to cyber threats, the risk may be closer than you think. In fact, you may have even seen the issue before.
A recent study conducted by Forbes Insights and BMC unearthed some key insights surrounding departmental communications and data breaches. The survey consisted of over 300 C-level executives and found that the most cited cause of data loss exposure came from known vulnerabilities. In fact, of all reported security breaches 44 percent were credited to issued that were previously acknowledged.
The most cited reason behind these problems stemmed from an inherent difference in priorities between the security and operations departments. Disagreements surrounding how to deal with breaches in data allow for the problem to go unsolved for extended periods of time.
Survey respondents noted that this time lapse is causing major problems for their organizations – from prolonged downtime to reputational damage. However, over half of the participating parties claimed that they have no system in place to deal with these issues.
“Given the number of information security vulnerabilities that exist in the world today, security and IT operations can benefit tremendously from tighter collaboration and more efficient workflow,” said Chief Information Security Officer at Morningstar, Inc. Michael Allen.
Dealing with these issues is crucial in order to ensure protection against cyber threats. A failure to address the problem can result in major losses to a business. Moving forward businesses should exist and improve upon pre-existing systems for cybersecurity. The study provided a few suggestions for companies looking to enhance their security measures for the new year.
Businesses should create cross-functional working groups with regular meetings and a shared responsibility for security and compliance.
Leaders should develop a distinct and inter-departmental workflow process in order to create a clear protocol for interactions between security and IT departments.
Companies should spearhead a transition from manual processes to high-end security platforms equipped for modern-day threats and centralized management.
Taking steps beyond departmental gaps
These are great first steps to solving gaps between security and IT departments, but businesses should be taking larger strides toward protecting critical data from cyber threats. In fact businesses should constantly be reviewing cybersecurity best practices, explained The Republic contributor Mark Pribish. When business leaders foster a culture that values information security, they are inherently building a safe work environment. Pribish suggested a few more key tips:
Schedule annual tests to ensure the durability of your systems in case of a data breach.
Identify which employees need access to the most important files and invest in training them.
Change company passwords at least once every 90 days to ensure maximum security.
Make employee education a top priority, try to include one training course per year.
Here at the National Cybersecurity Institute, we value the investments businesses take toward arming their staff with the best cyber safety training available. Data breaches can be prevented by simply educating those around you. We offer a variety of courses for medical professionals, small businesses and people seeking to train for various cybersecurity certifications. Sign up for one of our courses today!
Jane is currently a Senior Advisor for the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as dean of the school of Business and Technology at Excelsior College in Albany, NY. She is a vocal advocate for attracting and retaining more women in the technology fields and established the Dr. Jane A. LeClair Scholarship Fund for Women in Technology at Excelsior College in 2012.