Have you included exposure management in your current cybersecurity strategy? This concept works similarly to how a team would practice before a big game — empowering your organization’s experts to experience risk in a controlled environment, learn it and mitigate it, using the most effective and strategic methods possible. The only way to perfect a response is to practice it, refining your strategy and outlining specific standard procedures to address any risks that you may encounter on your devices or networks.
Below, we’re highlighting best practices and inclusions to embrace in your corporate exposure management program. Learning how to implement these practices into your standing cybersecurity strategy can help you to have the most efficient and safe experience possible.
Tips for embracing exposure management in cybersecurity
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your exposure management strategy:
1. Know your landscape
Businesses may not stay as current with their cybersecurity landscape as they should. This is a normal effect of rapid expansion or shifting priorities — but it can lead to some holes that can be exploited by bad actors. Taking a moment to assess the state of your network and vulnerabilities will give you a more accurate landscape for any risk assessment that you do, either now or in the future.
Documentation in this step is critical. Consider using a process or workflow management tool to outline your procedures as you analyze, and consider an evergreen recording option to keep your findings readily accessible for any future steps.
2. Strategize your plan of attack
Now that you know the “lay of the land,” it’s time to strategize your next few steps. In this part of your process, you might consider asking yourself:
- How do I prioritize these vulnerabilities? You’ll want to start with the most severe and the most relevant, going down the list and ordering them by how “soon” any of them may occur (to the best of your knowledge).
- What do I need to mitigate these risks? Now would be a great time to take inventory of tools and resources at your disposal.
- What do we do in the event of an attack? Go for the worst-case scenario, working backward to ensure that all of your options are as covered as possible. That way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised if the situation isn’t as bad as you prepared for.
3. Share and disperse
You’ve identified, you’ve strategized, and now it’s time to disperse your information. Getting your team up to speed with ongoing education can support a collaborative cybersecurity environment, leading to greater compliance and risk management on all fronts.
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