Cyber Security Monitoring best practices

Cyber Security Monitoring is a critical element of cyber risk management that enables you to detect cyber-attacks at their beginning and escalate threats for remediation before they can cause damage to your business.

Cyber attacks have become the new norm and no matter what the size of your organisation, you must have a proper cyber security strategy in place to monitor activities.

If you own or work for an SME, then you are more at risk. SMEs are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks as they often lack the resources to build the necessary IT infrastructure to protect themselves. However, cyber security monitoring is necessary in the digital age, and even SMEs need to have a system in place to protect themselves.

Here are some best practices that organisations should consider when building a cyber security monitoring strategy.

  1. Identify cyber risks

In order to have a pro-active cyber security monitoring strategy, you need to know what your company is up against. Although there are many types of threats in the cyber landscape, there are a few most common ones, such as malware, ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks, and rogue software. Make sure you are aware of current cyber threats by asking your cyber security provider or by consulting reliable reports from relevant organisations.

  1. Detect threats and attacks

Detection is often a weak spot for many organisations. There have been cases where cyber-attacks have gone undetected for months damaging companies’ reputations. One way to monitor your detection level is by conducting a Penetration Test (Per Test), which simulates a cyber attack and tests your IT infrastructure and its ability to spot the breach.

A Penetration Test is a powerful cyber monitoring tool that will provide you with a report that will help you understand which parts on your IT infrastructure are vulnerable and which are not, and how to secure them.

  1. Control access

‘Inside jobs’ are not only in movies, in fact, they are also quite common in real life when it comes to cyber-attacks. To mitigate the risk of internal breaches, you need to place an emphasis on monitoring access to your organisation’s network and decide who can access what. Improving your network visibility is also a good idea, this will allow you to monitor users. By tracking internal network use, you can learn what is compromising your network security.

  1. Stay compliant

Standards and regulations on cyber security can be a hassle, but they provide reliable network security best practices around policies and procedures that can keep you, your customers and your business, safe. As you build your cyber security monitoring strategy, it is important to keep an eye on these regulations and find a provider that can support you in reaching the perfect level of compliance.

  1. Educate your staff

When building your cyber security monitoring strategy, it is important to keep your staff involved. Providing your employees with appropriate cyber security training is essential to keep your company safe. Remember all it takes is a phishing email to compromise your systems. If your staff is trained and aware of cyber threats, they will be better able to spot suspicious emails and avoid further damage.


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