What is a cyber security strategy?
A cybersecurity strategy is a plan outlining how an organization secures its data and information to combat cyber threats proactively.
Importance of cyber security strategy
As most business these days is conducted online, organizations must have a robust cyber security strategy in place to protect against cyberattackers.
Implementing an effective cyber security strategy enables organizations to protect their proprietary information, sensitive data, and reputation.
Resilience must be the focus of your cyber security strategy
In the face of increasingly effective cyber attacks, your cyber security strategy must have a single purpose: cyber resilience. It's no longer enough to take steps to prevent a cyber security attack – you also need a plan for remaining resilient when an attack is successful.
Email-borne attacks like ransomware, impersonation fraud and other types of spear-phishing are more sophisticated and devastating than ever. While your cyber security strategy should take pains to avoid these threats, you also need cyber security tools that can help minimize the impact of an attack when your defenses are imperfect.
To achieve cyber resilience and mitigate the effects of email-borne attacks, your cyber security strategy must include cyber security products for email security, continuity and backup and recovery. That's where Mimecast can offer true value.
Developing an effective cyber security strategy
When creating an effective cyber security strategy, it's helpful to do the following:
1. Map company assets and threat landscape to understand the solutions that will be needed to facilitate security.
2. Determine what security framework will fit your needs – whether it is ISF, IEC 27001, NIST CSF, etc.
3. Ensure that teams are aligned and can assist in the implementation of the strategy.
Power your cyber security strategy with Mimecast
Mimecast's suite of SaaS-based services helps to reduce the risk, cost and complexity of managing email. Built on a powerful cloud platform, Mimecast offers massive scalability and easy-to-use tools that let administrators manage services via a single pane of glass.
Mimecast supports a cyber security strategy by protecting email with advanced security services, and by ensuring email is always available through continuity services and multi-purpose archiving services. Mimecast's comprehensive cyber security services let IT administrators avoid the expense and headaches of managing multiple point solutions from various vendors. And for users and employees, Mimecast ensures continuous access to during an attack to ensure cyber resilience.
Mimecast's services for a superior cyber security strategy
To support your cyber security strategy, Mimecast offers services that span every aspect of corporate cyber security resilience.
- Continuity. Avoiding disruption to business is key to any cyber security strategy that is focused on resilience. Mimecast email continuity services let users continue to send and receive email messages and access email archives during an attack or an outage caused by weather or equipment failure.
- Security. Mimecast's sophisticated threat detection engines and patented security technology help to identify and thwart advanced threats like ransomware and spear-phishing as well as traditional threats like spam, viruses, malware and data leaks.
- Availability. Mimecast's multipurpose archive provides an off-site store of email, files and other data, ensuring that email is always replicated and available, while simplifying compliance, e-discovery and backup and recovery for administrators.
- Awareness. Mimecast provides training to help users understand their role as "human firewalls" against threats, along with tools to identify, neutralize and avoid email-borne threats.
Learn more about managing your cyber security strategy with Mimecast and about the benefits of a cyber resilience strategy over cyber security insurance.
FAQs: Cyber security strategy
What are the key elements of cyber security strategy?
- End-user & Information security
- Application security
- Network and Operational security
- Disaster Recovery
What is a cyber security framework?
A cyber security framework is a set of documents outlining standards, guidelines, and best practices for cyber security risk management.
These frameworks exist to minimize an organization's cyber security vulnerabilities. There are several frameworks, but some of the most prevalent are:
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- ISO 27001 and 27002
How often should organizations evaluate their cyber security strategy?
As cyber security threats are ever evolving and cyberattacks become more advanced, it is recommended that organizations reevaluate their cyber security strategies at least every two years.