No matter how big or advanced your organization is, we all share the same threat: cybersecurity. While technology has delivered incredible and unexpected benefits, it’s also created the potential for increased business risks and more dangerous attacks than ever.

Using many of the same innovations you do, cybersecurity attackers are taking advantage of automation and advanced capabilities to deploy global intrusions at a fraction of the cost (and intelligence) they once required.

While reactive approaches have effectively dealt with these attacks in the past, today’s cybersecurity initiatives simply can’t afford to operate this way. After all, nobody wants to be the next international news headline…

Going forward, your organization’s best chance for comprehensive cybersecurity is a proactive approach that considers four core focus areas:

#1: Systems

While it may seem silly to discuss the traditional core of cybersecurity, protecting networks and applications requires a different approach than it once did. An ever-growing list of software products, systems, and devices makes security a 24/7 job that many organizations simply fail to consider.

As new technologies are integrated into your enterprise, it’s important deploy them strategically to keep systems free of serious intrusions and threats. Know who these innovations impact, where they connect with other systems to create potential vulnerabilities, and how they affect overall cybersecurity before implementing them in your IT environment.

#2: Information

Information security is an area that organizations have largely failed to secure in the past. No wonder strict laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are being passed all over the world…

As hackers continue to target increasingly valuable enterprise data, cybersecurity’s primary focus is shifting from network infrastructure protections to access and identity management controls. To make this transition, you need to establish clear guidelines and processes to not only detail best practices, but to outline specific actions should a worst-case scenario occur.

#3: Environment

Beyond data and devices, modern cybersecurity needs to include business processes, procedures, and decision-making capabilities to be considered effective.

Without this comprehensive approach, technology protections fail to leave a lasting impact. Your security strategies need to consider how employees use and interact with technology so any vulnerabilities or unsafe employee workarounds can be identified before they cause issues.

#4: Mobile Technology

Secure technology is important, but it doesn’t address cybersecurity’s most unpredictable threat – people. Today’s IT programs must emphasize end-user education to combat the continuously growing number of industry threats.

Any employee has the potential to create harm if they fail to follow industry best practices. However, your work doesn’t stop there. In addition to teaching users proper technology management behaviors, helping employees understand why these standards are important can ultimately determine the success or failure of your entire cybersecurity effort.

Unfortunately, cybersecurity has never been easy. Attacks are growing more complex and inventive with each passing day. Defining and knowing what good practices look like can’t guarantee success – but AOTMP® University’s help can.

Enroll in our Systems Security, Information Security, Environmental/Physical Security, and Mobility Security courses to improve your cybersecurity practice today!