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Six Primary Basics of Security Protocols and Operations
Knowing and understanding the basic tenets of security operations as they relate to how your business functions.
There are six primary building blocks that you will use to lay your security foundation upon. Cybersecurity strategies won’t work unless they are supported and enhanced by several factors that directly influence how your business operates. Before implementing any new best practices, you need to take a close look at what security measures you have in place and how strong the building blocks are that you have in place to support it.
Your team of individuals will include anyone you have in place that will be working with your cybersecurity protocols. They need to be properly trained and have the tools they need to identify potential threats and contain them before they affect your system. Your team must be willing to go above and beyond when it comes to maintaining the strictest security standards possible. They must also be able to strategize and react when threats occur.
When it comes to your business, this involves your management strategies and objectives that you have in place to move your business forward and accomplish your goals. This building block includes your budget, your staff, the facility, and all of the planning and organization that has gone into your business. It also includes any collaborative efforts you are involved in with other companies.
Technology is literally the means to the end. The technological tools you use not only allow you to be visible, but they also allow you to be organized and in control of every aspect of your business. IT systems make your business operations more fluid. Technology allows staff members to share information in a matter of seconds instead of minutes.
Processes, procedures, and protocols define how your company functions and what steps are taken within different strategies and courses of action. All processes need to be evaluated frequently to determine if they are working efficiently or if they need to be revamped. This includes any storage protocols that are used to keep documents organized and secure.
The visibility part of your foundation involves all of the data in your system as well as any protocols that determine how visible the information is an who has access to it. You will need to know how frequently the data needs to be updated as well as how that data is transferred from one destination to another. Security protocols will determine who has access to data and what steps they must go through to gain that access.
The interfaces you will be working with have to do with the who needs the information, what their goals are, and how each group will interact with one another after they have the information. Interfaces also will determine who is responsible for what in terms of security protocols and safety measures.
These six foundation blocks work together to create a solid base to build security protocols. The stronger and more solid the structure is, the better your overall security and the lower your risk of a successful cyberattack. Creating this foundation and continually taking steps to improve it will help you to maintain strong and effective security protocols to protect your investment.