As more and more internet users become increasingly aware of, frustrated and dissatisfied with how organizations are failing to secure their personal information, we take a look at what the best practices are for enterprise security within organizations should be at this point.
What is Enterprise Security
When we talk of enterprise security, we are discussing the strategies, techniques and processes for protecting information and IT assets from unauthorised access and risks. Risks to the systems’ confidentiality, integrity and availability are the most commonly found within organizations around technology, people and processes involved in securing digital assets.
Because it covers the entirety of enterprises, this form of security focuses on the legal and cultural requirements of securing data assets belonging to an organisation’s database. Threats commonly come from an internal source, such as human errors or disgruntled employees as much as outside cyber-hackers.
Improving Security Capabilities
The first step that all organizations should adopt is safeguarding data at rest and in transit. By determining which data assets are required to be encrypted and creating a security strategy around them, encryption can scale across your network whilst protecting data workloads in dynamic and distributed cloud environments. You should make a point of keeping track of how well encryption is performing also.
The next practice on the list should be to set up tight identity and access management control. This limits user access so that the possibility of data leaks and network intrusions caused by human errors or malicious intent is greatly reduced.
Your workforce can act as a strong first defence against cyber threats that target individuals, so be sure to keep employees informed about all cyber security precautions that are in place, as well as how to identify them should they discover them. Employees who lack awareness prove to be weak links in your security chain.
On top of the above practices, organizations need to implement solid disaster recovery and risk mitigation strategies moving ahead. Having a well-defined plan should be including responsibilities and workflows for both orderly and successful disaster recovery protocols.
This plan will need to be updated regularly to be able to effectively combat growing cyber threats and the changing workforce landscapes. Endpoint security needs to be managed with technologies that constantly oversee network performance for anomalous data traffic, ensuring that IoT devices are configured and running on recent firmware.
Cyber threats should not be treated as an IT problem. They are an issue of the business and must be addressed as such. In this case, security expertise should be at the executive level, where the decisions on risk management are made.