Organizations and the people who run them are slowly perceiving cybersecurity to be a slightly different ball game than information security.
As global organizations grapple with cyber threats and aim to keep their enterprises safe from malware, hackers and other forms of threats, their understanding of this domain is getting richer every day.
Cybersecurity management cannot happen in isolation – appointing one security officer to handle everything in cybersecurity is not going to make an organization efficient or secure.
There needs to be a specialized team whose sole task should be to manage the entire paradigm of cybersecurity for a business.
If you are a CEO or a senior leader of an enterprise, reading this and agreeing to this, the next question you should ask is how to create a solid, efficient & battle-ready security team?
The following tips may help:
- Look for specialized resources and hire them
A Frost & Sullivan report observed that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfulfilled positions by 2020. This indicates that there will be a substantial hiring gap when it comes to dealing with cybersecurity and enterprises must be aware of that. To build a good team, there cannot be any gaps. If you’re a CISO or even a CEO, go hunting for specialized specific cybersecurity skills in the market and don’t leave any stones unturned till you find them. Make it clear to the organization that this is a hiring gap that needs to be filled at any cost whatsoever. Once the skills are identified, swoop in quickly and hire the personnel as soon as possible, before someone else gets to them.
- Assign responsibilities
There are different facets to cybersecurity and if the hiring has been correct, then an enterprise has hired people suited to those facets. But roles need to be assigned properly as well keeping in mind your employee capabilities – ensure that there are enough people looking after essential cybersecurity behaviours like patch updates, firewall protection, endpoint security, insider threats and regular audits. Once people are aware of their roles, it is easier to form a plan and act accordingly.
- Conducting regular Red Team Assessments
Think of cybersecurity personnel as virtual firefighters or disaster management specialists – most of their training takes place as simulations in the hope that when that one incident happens in reality, the personnel will be perfectly trained to take the appropriate measures. The same is true for your cybersecurity team. Regular assessments and Red Team Assessments (which are basically mock trials of cyberattacks) must happen regularly to inculcate absolute readiness into your team. This will help make them battle-ready when an inevitable attack takes place.
- Keep upskilling
You have assembled a great cybersecurity team with perfect readiness to tackle the next cyberattack. Work is done, right? Not quite. A team tackling cyber threats is only as good as today. Tomorrow’s cyber threats are continuously evolving as criminals constantly innovate in their desperation to hit targets hard. Cybersecurity is that critical function which needs continuous upskilling in the form of training, self-education or anything else. The learning never stops in cybersecurity.
- Empower cybersecurity personnel
Security personnel cannot be lame ducks in an enterprise. In such a situation, all their skills and endurance will be wasted giving way to a high-risk factor to the enterprise. These personnel must be empowered by their managers to act and take decisions in a field as dynamic as cyber attack prevention.
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