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Roll out a successful cyber security initiative with these 5 strategies

June 26, 2018    |    Cyber Security    |    Lauren Elkins

What’s at the top of your business spending this year? Chances are, it’s cyber security.

Gartner predicts that global spending on enterprise security will hit $96.3 billion this year. That’s up 8% from last year. The increase in spending is due to four things, they reported:

1. Regulations
2. Shifted buyer mindset
3. Awareness of emerging threats
4. Evolving to digital business strategies

You understand the importance of protecting your business data. You’ve seen spending increase at organizations as a result of reacting to big security breaches. You want to help your organization be on top of their protection game. You want to be proactive.

Here are five strategies to help with that. You’ll push to make it happen.

1. Get buy-in from the top. Your executives have to lead. They have to deliver the message that the initiative is not simply to spend IT dollars but to protect against real threats. And they have to be part of the changes as well. These aren’t strategies to roll out for everyone else at the company. Make sure the C-suite is aware that they often have the greatest access to valuable data and, thus, need to protect it with the best security as well. No opting out of password policies!

2. Roll out a company-wide educational campaign. Tell everyone: this is what we’re doing; this is why it’s imperative; these are the processes that are not optional. Transparency and buy-in are must haves.

3. Choose the right tech. Carefully evaluate your partners and purchases. Make sure they fit your business needs and provide the configuration that will meet regulations/requirements and support your business’s growth. For instance, when reviewing VPN providers, one step in making your choice would be to understand and evaluate VPN Protocols to pick the right fit.

4. Focus on business processes. Often cyber security becomes a business process problem. Step back and evaluate the entire initiative as a business problem, not a technology problem. Cyber security initiatives are a corporation project, not simply a siloed IT effort. Technology and cyber security are pieces of the whole, which should be focused on business practices and user education plans. Wrap your corporate culture around a focus on strong cyber security.

5. Finish with the most important: your people. You can put the most amazing, latest and greatest tech into your building; hook up to the fastest cloud solutions; and create in-depth, beautiful reports with the data. But tech can’t fix bad choices. If people click the malicious link, download the corrupted file, visit a dangerous website—your tech will not save you. Share this message with everyone.

Put those cyber security dollars to good use through a highly successful implementation. You have the drive to do it.

Better Safe Than Sorry