You may not have noticed, but C-level security officers are in high demand these days.
Organizations of all sizes—whether you are a national, state, or local business or non-profit organization, your team, clients and members are all impacted by growing threats from data breaches and cyberattacks.
While threats compromising entire organizations are especially devastating in the healthcare field, organizations representing all sectors and working with any sensitive or business critical data are at risk for cyber threats, including ransomware, identity theft and extortion.
For this reason, every business or organization should seriously consider a cyber guardian whose main responsibility is to secure the network and keep every single user safe from growing cyberattacks.
Who is this Cyber Guardian?
Some call it a chief security officer, some may simply say security expert, others name the role the cybersecurity guardian. Whatever you name it—this list here is not too extensive—the fact of the matter, cybersecurity is a real pressing issue impacting your business. And without a cybersecurity expert focused on your organization’s network health and data security, you’re a sitting duck—a major target—for cybercrime.
Why do you need a Cyber Guardian?
More than three quarters of organizations have been targets of cyberattacks. Either knowingly or not, nearly three quarters of US organizations have already been targets of cyberattacks. If your organization hasn’t fallen yet, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the near future.
Without a solid security strategy and guidance from an expert who understands network security and how criminals break into networks, your organization has serious risks of being a victim to cyber crime.
Your Cyber Guardian is the force that will help devise a workable security methodology that not only keeps your business secure from attacks, but ensures that everyone within your organization is able to work with security policies rather than fighting them (more often than not, security teams that don’t understand how information technology interfaces across users in a network, they essentially become police-state actors (i.e., finger pointers and problem creators) rather than solutions-driven strategy-focused contributors to your organizational goals and directives.
Bottom line: with cyberattacks threatening to disrupt your organization’s operations, damage your brand reputation, and cost you serious monetary costs in recovery, a cybersecurity advisor or guardian is more than necessary today more than ever before.
What should your Cyber Guardian do?
The cybersecurity expert that will effectively eliminate cybersecurity risks while continuing to make working with data throughout your organization easy will fill two major functions for your organization. First, they will keep up to speed on latest attacks, vulnerabilities and methodologies criminals are using to break into networks. They will devise strategy—not simply reactive tactics—to address security concerns and issues and find a way to prioritize and resolve your ever present security threats.
Second, your cybersecurity expert will keep your team up to speed of latest threat information and help individual teams and users address security concerns while being mindful of productivity and making security easier for users to work with.
The problem in today’s economy?
With growing cyber threats, finding the right cybersecurity expert has become increasingly problematic. Many qualified candidates that might initially accept your offer are known to back out of employment agreements at the last moment because the grass looks greener somewhere else.
Even security officers and experts that are internal to organizations leave after organizations spend tens of thousands of dollars on training and certifications because they are simply in too much demand to really want to ever sit still in one office.
What’s an alternative to hiring expensive full time security experts that may leave on a dime to perceivably greener pastures?
Many organizations—especially in healthcare and non-profits—have started looking at outsourcing their security to teams of experts that focus on security issues and IT infrastructure. In fact, many start by evaluating their network with a network security assessment to give them a foundation of where to prioritize their resources and how to best engage in continual improvement efforts to avoid cyber incidents and threats.
While there is no silver bullet to completely eliminate hackers from breaking into your network, making sure your organization is not just reacting to issues and problems by focusing on security strategies that form a framework for how your network is run, you will avoid having to fight security incident ‘fires’ day in and day out.
Cybersecurity that will actually avoid the next cyberattack will not be from folks that are simply reacting to attacks. Cybersecurity that will protect your office depends on strategy focused at ensuring your environment—infrastructure, users, software—all work towards the single goal of creating productive and secure operations.
Do you have a cybersecurity strategy? Will you have to reactively scramble if attacked by a ransomware attack? Contact us TODAY for a free network security assessment to working on a security strategy.