7 Steps to Build a Cybersecurity Program

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There are several key steps involved in building a cybersecurity program:

  • Identify and assess the risks to your organization’s systems and data. This includes identifying potential threats, such as malware or phishing attacks, as well as assessing the potential impact of these threats on your organization. This will help you prioritize your security efforts and determine where to focus your resources.

  • Develop a security policy that outlines the security measures and controls that will be put in place to protect against identified risks. This policy should be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect changing threats and the evolving needs of the organization. This policy should outline the security measures that will be implemented to protect your organization’s assets, as well as the roles and responsibilities of all employees in maintaining the security of the organization.

  • Implement security controls to protect against identified risks. This could include technical measures such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems, as well as non-technical measures such as employee training and awareness programs.

  • Train employees on security best practices: All employees should be trained on the importance of security and how to protect the organization’s assets. This could include training on password management, safe browsing habits, and how to identify and avoid phishing attacks.

  • Continuously monitor and test the effectiveness of the security controls in place. This includes regularly performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify and address any weaknesses in the security system.

  • Your security program should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that it remains effective and can adapt to new threats. This could include conducting regular security audits and implementing patches and updates to your security systems.

  • Establish incident response plans: In the event of a security breach, it’s important to have a plan in place for how to quickly and effectively respond to the incident and minimize the damage. This plan should outline the steps that will be taken to contain the breach, investigate the cause, and restore the security of the organization’s assets.

Overall, building a cybersecurity program involves a combination of identifying and assessing risks, implementing appropriate controls, and continuously monitoring and improving the program to keep pace with evolving threats.

Not sure how or where to start? At SideChannel, we match companies with an expert virtual CISO (vCISO), so your organization can assess cyber risk and ensure cybersecurity compliance — all without jeopardizing your financial assets. 

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