Security Managed Services

THE FUTURE OF IT IS NOW!

Cybersecurity compliance affects your entire enterprise.  It is not an IT issue.  It is an executive issue, and IT is in the best place to deliver the results to the business.  Governing bodies such as DHS, the FFIEC, DHHS, and others are moving to force management and boards of directors to take more active roles in cyber security risk analysis and moving to require a top-down approach because far too many business leaders are choosing ignorance over knowledge and risk over mitigation.

Have you ever sat next to a CEO when he realizes his firm has been breached and much is at risk?  We have.  It is a very emotional moment and there is tremendous toxicity.  Fear, blame, embarrassment, and anger are often present.  This is the direct result of the majority of CEO and CFO choosing to avoid knowing their risks and choosing to save money while risking much more.  When it happens, all of that guilt comes rushing forward.  Its like realizing you lost the poker game in which you bet your house.  It is a really bad day.

It doesn’t need to be, and IT leaders can save the CEO and the organization by ensuring that their business leaders know the risks, likelihood, and estimated impacts.

Your Challenge

Small enterprises are common targets of cyber-attacks due to their size and security practices.

Security is not commonly viewed on a strategic level and is generally centered around technical protection measures.

The business demands IT security but fails to fund effective risk and business assessment.

Leaders want to avoid security incidents but don’t fund effective defense.

Firefighting IT practices allow for gaps in security planning and capabilities.

Budget is denied for efforts to address critical vulnerabilities and threats to the organization’s information.

It is difficult to keep protection measures up to date and adequate against external threats that are increasing in volume, intelligence, and complexity.

Critical Insights

An overwhelming amount of small businesses believe that they do not need security because they have nothing worth stealing. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, over 90% of data breaches impact small businesses.

The IT leader’s primary responsibility in InfoSec Management is informing the business of the risk, certainty and cost of breaches above and before anything else.

Impact & Result

Cyber intrusions substantially impact small enterprises and medium size businesses.

Impacts include data loss, revenue loss, internal chaos, and brand damage.

Business leaders do not understand the risk, likelihood and cost of security incidents and are unprepared for the impacts.

The cost of effective IT security is lower than the cost of a breach.

The FFIEC evaluates five key areas for cybersecurity preparedness:

Risk Management & Oversight

Threat Intelligence & Collaboration

Cybersecurity Controls

External Dependency Management

Cyber Incident Management & Resilience

DHS advocates these five pillars: