Looking for a way to plug some of the vulnerabilities existing within your organization's security policies? While there is not a specific strategy that works across every single industry, company, and even department, there are certain actions that can be taken to help with the gaps. We've put together five tips that might help plug the vulnerabilities within your policies to try to decrease the chance of a security incident existing.

Tips to Plug the Vulnerabilities in Your Policy

1. Make Security a Company-Wide Culture

Security policy isn't just an "IT thing." It's a topic that spans departments and usually involves close collaboration with your IT department. Sending one memo, or having one meeting about cybersecurity risks within an organization will not "fix" a lack of a cybersecurity culture, but it is a beginning. Knowing the risks within a business structure and what departments may be affected is also crucial. In order to implement a new culture aimed at helping minimize risks in cybersecurity, the security policies themselves may need to be reviewed.

Examples of security policies that involved the human side of your risks include:

  • Acceptable use.
  • Individual responsibilities.
  • Employee and vendor screening.

2. Focus on Compliance

24/7/365 compliance can mitigate security risks and help you avoid costly fines. While different regulatory requirements can affect how often you need to evaluate your existing written policies and policy-based administration, you want to exceed the baseline.

Compliance represents a set of tools and best practices for protecting your customers' data. Regardless of the type of compliance, whether it is PCI DSS, HIPAA, or GDPR, by creating policies that support action and automation for constant compliance, you're avoiding costly fines and data breaches. 

3. Automate

In an age where there are more risks than ever before, automation may be the only way to put security policy into action. Examples of important components of your policy that can (and should) be automated include:

  • Policy-based administration.
  • Integrity monitoring.
  • Threat intelligence.
  • Compliance assessment.

4. Address Internal Threats

While written policy can support an IT culture of better security, you should ensure that your standards also address employee training and awareness. With very clear guidelines on acceptable use and security procedures, you can improve employee awareness about how to act. With the right policies and support from leadership, you can enter a culture of "see something, say something."  

For more information on internal threats, see 5 Cybersecurity Tips to Improve Employee Habits.

5. Prioritize Threat Intelligence

Without accurate knowledge of your environment and threats, you can't address risks. Gaining access to comprehensive threat intelligence can allow you to understand and respond to negative changes before you've suffered a data breach.

CimTrak can enable total network intelligence and complete change remediation. An agent-based tool, CimTrak enables security pros to understand changes as soon as they occur on your endpoints, servers, point-of-sale systems, and more. It is also the only file integrity monitoring solution to enable full change remediation from the admin portal.

Is Your Security Policy Up to Date?

An effective security policy will support the right action and technology at all levels of your organization. By understanding where your policy is weak, you can significantly address your compliance and security risks. The right policy, actions, and technology can make true oversight possible.

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Jacqueline von Ogden
Post by Jacqueline von Ogden
December 12, 2017
Since 1999, Jacqueline has written for corporate communications, MarCom agencies, higher education, and worked within the pharmacy, steel and retail industries. Since joining the tech industry, she has found her "home".