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Continuous cyber attacks: Achieving operational excellence for the new normal

A robust cyber defense must include the right mix of skills and technology—cyber security best practices demonstrate what sets a good operating model apart.

THE CISO GAME PLAN

Cyber-attacks are nothing new, but their consequences have recently become more significant. The expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), the proliferation of connected devices and the growth of cloud computing all mean that an organization’s “attack surfaces” are growing.

Achieving best-practice operational effectiveness can deliver a wide array of security-related benefits, ranging from fewer successful incursions to faster response times and quicker recoveries when attackers do hit. An orchestrated approach can reduce costs and risks while improving security operations.

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RECOGNIZE YOUR ROLE

Strategy and technology alone do not guarantee an effective cyber defense. The best strategy, supported by the latest technology, can fail if not executed properly.

The best operational strategy should include investments in talent, capabilities and a highly efficient operating model:

  • Assess effectiveness of current security processes

  • Invest in attracting and retaining skilled security talent

  • Understand how threat data pertains to the business

  • Identify what isn’t known

  • Create a plan to address knowledge gaps

  • Find an effective sparring partner to improve security capabilities

3 STEPS TO CYBER DEFENSE EXCELLENCE

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