Global corporations have begun to come out and report security breaches. You might recognize some of them – Facebook, Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and the New York Times, among many others. But it doesn’t end with merely companies; attackers and hackers have targeted the government of China and South Korea as well, for example.
In response, the good side – let’s call it that – evolved on the technological front. There are security protocols, platforms, and professionals dedicated to the art of combat against cyber warfare. It’s an arms race, and for a moment, it looked like we were winning. But despite most organizations having some of the best security measures in place, the fear of either being under attack or the potential of a future attack remained.
It redirects to a simple yet definitive conclusion – present technology isn’t in need of a reassessment. In fact, given the current evolutionary pace, innovation in the sphere of cybersecurity is perfectly poised to stay a step, or even several steps, ahead of the attackers. What does need focus, however, is governance around people.
Building a Governance Strategy
It’s hubris to believe in certainty. And even with technological advancements, hackers – by design – are driven toward uncovering loopholes and vulnerabilities. A superior cybersecurity solution depends on more than its technological prowess; it also depends on the team’s or organization’s relentless ability to predict and identify vulnerabilities and build defences against the same.
In just a few words, everything starts with your people, and your people are your organization’s greatest assets. At the same time, it’s important to understand that people account for security vulnerabilities in a cyber-defence solution also. This makes it essential to establish a culture of seamless detection and reporting of security incidents.
Be aware of who is doing what, your data whereabouts, and data security levels. After all, true governance has a lot to do with ensuring smart and effective decision-making, strategic investing, and building a robust response mechanism. Call it the fundamentals.
Here’s a five-part take on what a sound governance strategy should look like:
- Absorb and Share Threat IntelligenceA systematic, organized, and automated sharing of threat intelligence in real-time is important. This could be between public and private sectors, or even across heterogenous groups of international enterprises.
- Outside Expertise for a Bird’s Eye ViewUtilize an external expert to assess your governance capabilities around locational data, ecosystem networks, social networks, and the dark internet linked to critical assets and processes. It might just help you understand your true defensive metric.
- Secure Your Supply ChainIt’s important to spread your security web; assess relevant risks and secure your supply chain. If you’re an organization with interdependence or connections with other businesses, let them know that they might be at risk.
- Maintain Effective SpeedIn the event of an attack or the looming threat of an attack, ensure that your employees are primed to deploy countermeasures and reactively act at an effective pace. Speed and time is of the essence. Establish who makes what decision, the effectiveness of said decision, and the timeframe within which the plan is executed.
- Develop Response ExpertiseEvery attack requires a task force, and cyberthreats require a group of highly skilled cyber specialists, security, and forensics experts. This would also require that they understand your systems, networks, and incident management procedures.
The Sun Tzu Strategy for Cyber Security
Technological advancements in the sphere of cyber security is important; people or employee governance is just the same.
Consider yourself a soldier in the cyber warfare army, and remember – know thyself, know thy enemy. Never forget to establish a sound plan and work on a response strategy. Just as Sun Tzu had famously quoted in his Art of War. Your organization, your investors, and your customers are counting on it.