Network & CyberSecurity
What it Means
The network and cybersecurity function refers to the practices, processes, and technologies designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from digital attacks, damage, or unauthorized access. In the context of a business, this includes everything from safeguarding sensitive customer data, protecting company's intellectual property, ensuring operational continuity, and maintaining reputation and trust among clients and stakeholders.
Why it Matters
Let's consider a small e-commerce company that stores and processes sensitive customer data including personal information and credit card details. Recognizing the value and sensitivity of this data, the company implements a robust cybersecurity framework.
They start with risk assessment, identifying potential vulnerabilities in their network and systems. They then implement security measures such as firewalls, encryption for data at rest and in transit, secure login protocols, and regular software updates.
To protect against threats from within, they limit access to sensitive information to only those employees who need it for their roles. They also provide regular training for staff about safe online practices, such as identifying and avoiding phishing scams.
The company also establishes a response plan in case of a security breach, outlining steps to limit damage, recover data, and notify affected parties. They conduct regular audits and penetration testing to ensure the efficacy of their security measures.
Stack it - Resources & Tools
Tools: Firewall and antivirus software like Norton or McAfee, secure cloud storage solutions like Dropbox, and encryption tools like VeraCrypt can all bolster your cybersecurity. For password management, consider tools like LastPass or Dashlane.
Frameworks: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a Cybersecurity Framework that is widely respected and utilized. Other relevant standards may be CMMC (for companies working with the US Department of Defense) or SOC2 (popular among SaaS providers).
Educate Your Team: Regularly train your team about the importance of cybersecurity, safe online practices, and how to recognize potential threats. Education will often be a requirement when seeking any compliance related certification.
Regular Audits: Conduct regular cybersecurity audits to identify vulnerabilities and take appropriate action.
Backup Your Data: Regularly back up your business's data, and ensure those backups are secure.
Update Regularly: Keep all your software, including your operating system, applications, and security software, patched and up to date to protect against the latest threats.