Cybersecurity Risk Management: What Every Business Owner Needs to Know

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In a dynamic company, it seems like there are a million and one things to worry about on any given day. From meeting sales quotas to managing employee issues, it’s easy to let some things slip through the cracks. But cybersecurity risk management is one area you can’t afford to ignore.

In the digital age, virtually every business relies on technology for operational success. That means there’s always the potential for a cyberattack. Whether it’s a malicious hacker trying to steal customer data or a ransomware attack that locks up your systems until you pay a hefty ransom, the consequences of a successful cyberattack can be devastating.

With the prevalence of cyberattacks in recent years, it’s more important than ever to have strong cybersecurity risk management in place. By identifying and assessing risks, you can take steps to mitigate them and protect your organization from costly damages. A robust cybersecurity risk management program can help you keep your data safe, defend against digital threats, and comply with data privacy regulations.

 Identifying Cybersecurity Risks

The first step in managing cybersecurity risks is identifying which risks are most relevant to your business. Take a comprehensive look at your business operations and ask yourself where vulnerabilities might exist. Here are just a few questions to consider in this process:

  • Do you collect sensitive customer data? (e.g., credit card numbers, government-issued ID numbers, etc.) If so, how is this data stored and transmitted? Are there any weak points in your system that could allow hackers to access this data?
  • Do you have remote employees who access your systems from unsecured locations? Are they using strong passwords and up-to-date antivirus software?
  • Do you use cloud-based applications or services? If so, what security measures are in place to protect your data? Are these measures sufficient?

Once you’ve identified potential risks, you can begin taking steps to mitigate them. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the importance of having insurance coverage in place.

The Importance of Insurance Coverage

No matter how well you manage cybersecurity risks, there’s always the potential for something to slip through the cracks. That’s why it’s often recommended that you have adequate cyber insurance coverage in place. If your business is the victim of a successful cyberattack, insurance can help cover the costs of recovery, including:

  • Lost revenue due to downtime
  • Notification expenses (if customer data is compromised)
  • Cyber extortion payments (if ransomware is involved)
  • Legal expenses (if you’re sued as a result of the attack)
  • Credit monitoring services for affected customers

Without insurance, recovering from a cyberattack can be next to impossible―especially for small businesses. If you don’t have coverage in place already, now is the time to get it. Cyber liability insurance can be relatively inexpensive and can give you peace of mind knowing that your business has purchased coverage.

Managing Cybersecurity Risks: Best Practices

As we mentioned earlier, once you’ve identified potential risks, you need to take steps to mitigate them. Here are just a few best practices our team uses for managing cybersecurity risks:

  • Train employees on cybersecurity best practices and make sure they understand the importance of following procedures carefully.
  • Implement strong password policies and require employees to use unique passwords for each account they access.
  • Use two-factor authentication wherever possible.
  • Encrypt all sensitive data both at rest and in transit.
  • Keep all software up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Use firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems.
  • Regularly back up all data.
  • You can lower your risk of falling victim to a cyberattack by implementing these best practices.

Partnering for Cybersecurity Risk Management

The process of cybersecurity risk management isn’t simple, and not every business has the internal resources needed to deploy and maintain robust cybersecurity protocols. Partnering with a firm like ours that offers cybersecurity services helps you maintain a high level of protection without hiring in-house cybersecurity employees.

Conclusion

Cybersecurity risk management is an essential part of running a business in today’s digital age. By taking steps to identify and mitigate your exposure to potential risks, you can help keep your business protected against even the most sophisticated attacks.

Your risk management program is only as good as your weakest user or vendor. Tech Prognosis can help.

Call (512) 814-8044 or fill out our contact form to request for a complimentary  consultation.

Tech Prognosis helps with effective IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) management, and we can provide strategic, tactical, and operational guidance to leaders, managers, and teams.

We ensure that IT strategy and assets are aligned with organizational strategy and objectives guided by recognized frameworks like NIST CSF, OCTAVE, and COBIT 2019.

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