Data Security: 5 Best Practices for CISO’s

Since the pandemic, one in five organizations has faced a security breach linked to remote workers.

For companies across the globe, the pandemic has created an immense challenge: to continue working despite major shutdowns of offices and other facilities. The information technology they have relied on for a long time-their data centers, cloud networks, departmental servers, and digital devices used by their now-remote workers to stay connected to each other and to the data of the company is even more important.

As information security guardians, it is the task of the CISO to establish a plan that addresses the ever-increasing complexity of legislation, developing policies, security architectures, processes, and systems that help mitigate cyber threats and keep data secure. During the pandemic era data has become the most valuable resource in the world and its value is now greater even than that of gold and oil.

Attackers around the world are always looking for ways into the organization’s architecture and environment.

Here are some 5 best practices that can be implemented by CISO’s for data security and security in general

  1. Update patches

    Keep operating systems and software programmes modified and patched on a regular basis from trusted sources. Make sure that you have the newest OS / Version / SW enabled, which includes the new security features.

  2. Audit network and assets

    Perform daily, on-demand software asset management, network cyber risk analysis, network resources and sensitive assets, threats and vulnerabilities, including IT vendor and vendor auditing.

  3. Conduct VAPT

    Conduct a minimum of quarterly Vulnerability Evaluation and Penetration Testing (VAPT) of all websites and portals as well as internal/ external networks.

  4. Cybersecurity Framework

    Implement structured policy structure for cybersecurity that includes policy statements on governance, risk management, compliance, data backup, implementation, and use that clearly describe its purpose, guidelines, roles, and responsibilities.

  5. Educate Employees

    Educate the employees on forms of cybercrime threats and safe cyber practices such as strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, etc.

During the pandemic situation as most of us are working remotely, a secure structure in the form of a secured network and additional measures such as encrypted communication and comprehensive access management frameworks combined with user education are a must in order to protect data today.

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