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Best practices for building enterprise-wide cyber risk management

  • Abu Sadeq 

A best practices approach to cyber risk management draws on an enterprise-wide commitment to share the responsibility. This includes investing and engaging in a broad, balanced, and continuously updated array of resources and activities to mitigate cyber risks and reinforce cyber resilience. Such items include, but are not limited to, cybersecurity technology and talent acquisition, incident response training, penetration testing, vendor/supply chain risk assessments, cyber insurance, and cyber risk advisory services.

Building an effective enterprise-wide cyber risk management program can be a complex task, but it can be achieved by following these best practices:

  • Develop a comprehensive risk assessment process: Regular risk assessments should be performed to identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential cyber threats to the organization. This should include both internal and external risks.
  • Establish security policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures for employees to follow that address all aspects of cyber security, including password management, data protection, incident response, and security awareness training.
  • Implement technical controls: Implement technical controls such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks.
  • Adopt a risk management mindset that harnesses synergies among cyber risk management tools and tactics and reinforces a strong level of day-to-day cyber hygiene among all of the organization’s technology users.
  • Conduct regular security testing: Regularly test the organization’s security posture, including penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, to identify and address potential security weaknesses.
  • Establish an incident response plan: Develop a plan that outlines the steps to be taken in the event of a cyber-attack, including who will be responsible for responding, how to contain the attack, and how to restore normal operations.
  • Foster a culture of security: Encourage employees to prioritize cyber security and to understand their role in maintaining the security of the organization. This can be done through security awareness training programs, regular communication, and other engagement initiatives.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate: Regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of the cyber risk management program, and make changes as necessary to ensure that it remains current and effective in light of changing threats and technologies.

By following these best practices, organizations can build a comprehensive and effective cyber risk management program that helps to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack and minimize the impact of any breaches that may occur.

Abu Sadeq is currently the Founder and CEO at Zartech where his mission is to empower organizations to obtain greater cybersecurity maturity. Abu is a certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) and has a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has diverse industry experience in Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Telecom, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, and Consumer Goods. Abu has extensive experience in creating strategies and plans that define IT/Security operational excellence. Abu is also the creator of Cyberator® a sophisticated cybersecurity, governance, risk, and compliance solution.