Malware, ransomware, phishing campaigns, and more have been threats for decades and are only getting stronger, becoming more pervasive, or both. Threat remediation is a key part of any cybersecurity plan and involves a team effort internally and in consultation with IT experts.
When an organization sets out to identify and resolve threats their systems may face on a daily basis, that practice is known as threat remediation. But what is a threat? Put simply, a threat is anything that runs counter to your organization successfully attaining its mission. A cyberthreat is just a threat to your technology.
The days of relying on anti-virus software as the core of your cybersecurity profile are gone, presumably for good. This isn’t to say that software protections like anti-virus aren’t still important, but today’s solutions need to take a more holistic approach.
Determine Your Threat Risk and Vulnerability
The first step in the threat remediation process is to conduct a risk assessment. Think of this as gathering intelligence before you mount a strategic defense. Finding the areas where your business may be susceptible to attack is critical to developing a successful cybersecurity strategy.
Consider a wide range of factors when creating a list of threats. Your third-party vendors, your existing cybersecurity strategy and infrastructure, internal policies, and employee education should all be taken into account. A threat assessment is the first resource your internal IT department or managed service provider (MSP) can use to determine the best course of action.
After threat risk and vulnerability testing have been conducted, the next step is to develop a vulnerability management plan. This involves creating a prioritized to-do list. Do you have assets that are more critical to your operations than others? Vulnerabilities in these areas of your organization should be addressed first.
As you’re addressing each item on your list, you may see a side benefit in making your systems more efficient. If there are unnecessary steps in any company processes, connections between departments that don’t need to be there, or other inefficiencies, these can be patched as you go. At the end of this process, you will likely develop new organizational policies and workflows that enable you to operate more efficiently than ever before.
Some approaches to threat remediation don’t necessarily involve in-depth technical prowess. This is not to say that a complete solution will leave out IT expertise, but there are steps your organization can take before your IT technicians get to work.
Training employees on best practices for software tools like email or sharing of company data can plug a major hole in your cybersecurity profile. For instance, instructing employees to double check and verify with their contacts before opening suspicious links in emails can greatly reduce the risk of a successful phishing campaign.
If employees do encounter an issue, make it clear who they are supposed to contact for support. Properly escalating issues can make all the difference when a threat is time-sensitive, like a ransomware attack, for example.
In general, you want to create a culture of security within your organization. If something seems fishy, say something!
Where an IT Consultant Can Help
Depending on your situation, even if you have an internal IT department, it could be necessary to bring in the experts. Strategic Network Solutions is a premier provider of IT consulting in Houston.
Using techniques like server virtualization and with active network monitoring solutions, specialized IT experts can find and patch holes in your systems that you may not be aware even exist. Consider approaching your internal IT department with concerns you may have about potential risks and, if necessary, bring in a consulting firm to double check that your systems are secure. Call us today to get started.