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Cybersecurity for your business is not as simple as downloading virus protection software and calling it a day. You need to scan your network for vulnerabilities, devise a plan to protect your organization and constantly manage your assets.
Once you have done an assessment, you need to measure the effectiveness of your program. This is what managing risk is. Constantly talking about this at the C-level is required in today’s growing information age to be successful. Firms that have a mature risk management program typically have higher revenues, sometimes up to 20% higher.

This may seem like a daunting undertaking but Alliant Cybersecurity can assess your network and increase your cyber attack resilience. Below we discuss some of the ways every company should be managing their cybersecurity needs.

Policy Advisory

There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to cybersecurity policy. Every organization must define policies that are aligned with the goals and objectives of the business. That may be tough to figure out on your own if you are a small or medium sized business.

What security measures should you implement? Where are you most vulnerable? How can you prevent data breaches? What should you do in the event of a data breach? Who can you trust? Where do you start?

The first step is always to perform a network security assessment. Your network needs to be tested for vulnerabilities to find where it is weakest and exploitable. Once your baseline for security has been established, then we can help you put the policy pieces in place to protect what you have worked for. Our cyber policy advisory includes:

Third Party Policy and Vendor Management Review

  • Verify security controls are in place
  • Review outside vendor agreements to ensure data privacy and protection
  • Consulting and security due diligence on third party engagements

Operational Policy and Procedures Consulting

  • Review procedures to verify implementation of security controls
  • Review security control procedures
  • Create acceptable use policy
  • Written information security program

Security and Regulatory Standard Consulting

  • Ensure security alignment with NIST/ISO frameworks
  • Regulatory review to ensure compliance with California Consumer Privacy Act, General Data Privacy Rule, Ohio Data Protection Act, etc.

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer

If a company is serious about protecting its information assets and the personal data of its clients, then they will usually hire a chief information security officer or CISO. A CISO is the chief executive in charge of creating and managing a cybersecurity framework to protect the assets of a company. Among the findings of Ponemon Institutes Cost of Data Breach Study was the fact that employing a CISO could significantly reduce the cost of a data breach.

Hiring a full time CISO can be prohibitively expensive for the small and medium sized businesses that are most vulnerable to cyber attacks, however. That is why having a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is often the safe and sensible option for maintaining a security strategy.

A vCISO can provide all of the benefits of an onsite CISO and more. With a vCISO you will be able to access an entire team of cybersecurity professionals who are constantly up to date on the latest threats that could be effecting your company. Your vCISO team can also provide vulnerability reports and direct your in-house team on what needs to be done to maximize the protection for your information assets. The following are some of the primary duties a vCISO can take care of for you:

  • Provide threat reports
  • Assess ongoing risks
  • Manage your in-house IT staff
  • Establishing data security protocols, standards and
  • Make IT decisions
  • Cloud Migration
  • Software Implementation

Organizational Training

Having a robust cybersecurity system in place shouldn’t stop after performing a vulnerability assessment and implementing a vCISO. A complete cybersecurity package should absolutely include training for all of your employees. The fact of the matter is that the most vulnerable part of any network is the people that use it.

According to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report, the most prevalent means of perpetuating a breach is through a phishing attack. Phishing attacks, like most social engineering attacks, rely on exploiting a human to gain access to a protected system. In a phishing attack, an attacker will send a deceptive email posing as an authority, coworker, or trusted entity to ask for sensitive access information such as login credentials. The attacker will then use the credentials to pilfer the system.

As prevalent as these attacks may be, there is an easy way to prevent them and that is through organizational training. Experienced cybersecurity professionals can train your employees to recognize suspicious messages and activities, establish guidelines for how to handle and contain an attempted breach and create protocols for what to do in case a breach does occur.

Effective cybersecurity requires the collective efforts of your entire staff and it starts with online cyber security training modules and expert on site organizational training.

overview

Cybersecurity for your business is not as simple as downloading virus protection software and calling it a day. You need to scan your network for vulnerabilities, devise a plan to protect your organization and constantly manage your assets.
Once you have done an assessment, you need to measure the effectiveness of your program. This is what managing risk is. Constantly talking about this at the C-level is required in today’s growing information age to be successful. Firms that have a mature risk management program typically have higher revenues, sometimes up to 20% higher.

This may seem like a daunting undertaking but Alliant Cybersecurity can assess your network and increase your cyber attack resilience. Below we discuss some of the ways every company should be managing their cybersecurity needs.

POLICY ADVISORY

There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to cybersecurity policy. Every organization must define policies that are aligned with the goals and objectives of the business. That may be tough to figure out on your own if you are a small or medium sized business.

What security measures should you implement? Where are you most vulnerable? How can you prevent data breaches? What should you do in the event of a data breach? Who can you trust? Where do you start?

The first step is always to perform a network security assessment. Your network needs to be tested for vulnerabilities to find where it is weakest and exploitable. Once your baseline for security has been established, then we can help you put the policy pieces in place to protect what you have worked for. Our cyber policy advisory includes:

Third Party Policy and Vendor Management Review

  • Verify security controls are in place
  • Review outside vendor agreements to ensure data privacy and protection
  • Consulting and security due diligence on third party engagements

Operational Policy and Procedures Consulting

  • Review procedures to verify implementation of security controls
  • Review security control procedures
  • Create acceptable use policy
  • Written information security program

Security and Regulatory Standard Consulting

  • Ensure security alignment with NIST/ISO frameworks
  • Regulatory review to ensure compliance with California Consumer Privacy Act, General Data Privacy Rule, Ohio Data Protection Act, etc.

VIRTUAL CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER

If a company is serious about protecting its information assets and the personal data of its clients, then they will usually hire a chief information security officer or CISO. A CISO is the chief executive in charge of creating and managing a cybersecurity framework to protect the assets of a company. Among the findings of Ponemon Institutes Cost of Data Breach Study was the fact that employing a CISO could significantly reduce the cost of a data breach.

Hiring a full time CISO can be prohibitively expensive for the small and medium sized businesses that are most vulnerable to cyber attacks, however. That is why having a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is often the safe and sensible option for maintaining a security strategy.

A vCISO can provide all of the benefits of an onsite CISO and more. With a vCISO you will be able to access an entire team of cybersecurity professionals who are constantly up to date on the latest threats that could be effecting your company. Your vCISO team can also provide vulnerability reports and direct your in-house team on what needs to be done to maximize the protection for your information assets. The following are some of the primary duties a vCISO can take care of for you:

  • Provide threat reports
  • Assess ongoing risks
  • Manage your in-house IT staff
  • Establishing data security protocols, standards and
  • Make IT decisions
  • Cloud Migration
  • Software Implementation

ORGANIZATIONAL TRAINING

Having a robust cybersecurity system in place shouldn’t stop after performing a vulnerability assessment and implementing a vCISO. A complete cybersecurity package should absolutely include training for all of your employees. The fact of the matter is that the most vulnerable part of any network is the people that use it.

According to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report, the most prevalent means of perpetuating a breach is through a phishing attack. Phishing attacks, like most social engineering attacks, rely on exploiting a human to gain access to a protected system. In a phishing attack, an attacker will send a deceptive email posing as an authority, coworker, or trusted entity to ask for sensitive access information such as login credentials. The attacker will then use the credentials to pilfer the system.

As prevalent as these attacks may be, there is an easy way to prevent them and that is through organizational training. Experienced cybersecurity professionals can train your employees to recognize suspicious messages and activities, establish guidelines for how to handle and contain an attempted breach and create protocols for what to do in case a breach does occur.

Effective cybersecurity requires the collective efforts of your entire staff and it starts with online cyber security training modules and expert on site organizational training.

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Suite 1500

Houston, TX 77056

info@alliantcybersecurity.com
(877) 84-CYBER

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An Alliant Group Company

3009 Post Oak Blvd.
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77056
info@alliantcybersecurity.com
(877) 84-CYBER

Copyright © ALLIANT CYBERSECURITY 2020 | Privacy
An Alliant Group Company

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