Eight tips to improving your cybersecurity programs

Leaders reveal top-8 cybersecurity best practices to reduce the likelihood of a devastating breach and improve your response time to an attack.

In today’s increasingly complex technical world, it’s hard for organizations to stay ahead of cybercriminals. Whether it’s staffing, tools, or training, IT teams are constantly asking for more resources to identify and combat exposures across the ever-growing threat landscape. While it’s critical for Executives to actively prioritize security as a core business objective, buying more tools will only solve some problems. There also needs to be a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy in place to assess, prioritize, and combat exposures and reduce the risk of cyber threats.

But what can organizations do to prepare themselves to better manage and mitigate risk in an era of growing threats and limited resources? Skybox CPO Haggai Polak outlines eight tips for improving your cybersecurity programs:

#1 Increase the level of cybersecurity maturity

Consider instituting industry best practices, like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework, and be strategic regarding what parts of your cybersecurity program that you outsource versus do internally.

#2 Ensure that cybersecurity budgets are sufficient

IT and cybersecurity leaders must persuade boards and CEOs to make that investment to achieve a better balance between digital growth and safety.

#3 Make cybersecurity people-centric

Cultivate a culture attentive to cybersecurity risks, offer more efficient training, and establish clear procedures for hiring and retaining cyber staff.

#4 Utilize cutting-edge technology while limiting the number of products

Adopt a multi-layered, multi-vendor strategy to monitor and manage risks through a robust infrastructure effectively.

Exposure management for the hybrid attack surface

What is Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM)? Understand the key steps of applying a structured CTEM program to your hybrid attack surface.

#5 Secure the supply chain

Carefully vet your vendors when looking for new partners. Research shows that nearly 50% of companies using suppliers are more frequently exposed to significant cybersecurity concerns.

#6 Protect connected IT and OT assets

Emphasize protecting interconnected IT and OT assets to reduce your exposure to significant breaches and allow for quicker detection and response times.

#7 Utilize intelligent automation

Use AI and machine learning combined with automation to free up staff from mundane tasks and help fill in the gaps when organizations are resource constrained.

#8 Doing more to measure performance

Organizations who monitor six or more metrics see fewer incident and material breaches and react to attacks more quickly.

Mitigate the potential for a data breach with a robust exposure management program. Learn more about implementing these best practices from our experts: