Six Steps to Surviving Your First Breach

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Get Past 'I Told You So'

Step 2: Get the “I told you so” off your chest now.

We have a notion in info security that the work we do is possibly the most important thing in the company; that without us, the whole organization would fall to its knees, raided by bandits. It’s time to accept some cold hard facts: There are much greater risks to a company’s operational capacity and profitability than a security breach. Remember, your job isn’t to guarantee this won’t happen but to mitigate the impact when it does.

You’ve come to terms with the truth of the world; eventually, you’re going to suffer a security breach. Maybe it won’t happen this month, or this year, but as the great sage Tyler Durden so incisively observed, getting breached doesn’t determine whether or not you have a good security program in place — but how you respond to one does.

Once you accept that everything that can go wrong will do so at the worst possible time, there are things that can be done today to help rein in the trials of the future — things you can set in place to allow you to expect the unexpected.

Disavow yourself of any notion that the work you do in network security is “protecting” the company’s assets. Your mission is to analyze how the network can be attacked, with the hope that you can control the battlefield elegantly enough to be able to respond to all attacks adequately. Network security is as much about technology as the game of chess is about little carved figures on a checkered board.

 So, thinking strategically, what can be done today and what can be put aside for later? In this slideshow, AlienVault discuss six key actions you can take today to prepare your organization and help you when your executive team is breathing down your neck for answers they wanted an hour ago.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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