Planning Your Organization’s Security Posture

Written by
Russell Greenwald

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For the past several years, security has been a major priority for many organizations – so what is ‘security posture’? 

Technology continues to develop alongside the intervention of COVID-19, necessitating remote connectivity, and the rapid deployment of collaborative tools, systems, and software. These factors have either created, exposed, or increased the significance of vulnerabilities in the processes and systems for many organizations.

Due to these considerations, many organizations may be reconsidering their security posture and processes. Our recommended strategy is as follows:

User Training

The first step any organization should take to mitigate their risk of attack is to train their staff to recognize when to shut the door on basic security threats. Making basic security practices part of user onboarding can save a lot of risk in the long run, alongside regular internal phishing exercises, one on one coaching, and IT messaging to staff when risks are identified. Tools such as Mimecast or Knowbe4 can be used alongside these methods to ensure a more rounded approach.

System Architecture and Planning

Maintaining a holistic view of your system architecture is another essential factor within your security posture. Ensure all profiles on your organization’s network are updated to the most recent Operating System, with an industry-standard antivirus technology and 2-factor authentication installed. Undertake regular reviews of perimeter security and instigate protocols for system changes, admin rights, and day to day processes such as new users, exits, and access requests. 

Monitoring, Alerting, and Preventative Systems

As part of your regular review process, ensure monitoring is in place to ‘watch’ all systems and create reports on any deviations from regular activity. Advanced intrusion systems should be installed to detect bad actors, creating automated responses that alert your IT team to any irregularities, giving them the opportunity to investigate and react accordingly.

As we conclude, it is important to note that all vendor and 3rd party systems and software should be highly scrutinized, researched, and vetted before implementing. If you’d like to discuss how to make your organization as protected as it can be, get in touch with Insource today. We can help put systems in place that mitigate the risks associated with security posturing and all related threats.

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