Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity

Dateline: October 27, 2017

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

The complexity of being cyber-resiliant can be overwhelming.  Knowing what to do, and how much is enough is difficult to figure out for almost everyone.  Recently author Michael Lewis, the CIO at Copper State published an opinion piece at Information Management about a checklist of things to do to be cybersecure.  In his article, titled, Checklist on how to prepare for, or recover from, a cyber attack, he simplifies this complexity into offensive (preventing attacks) and defensive activities (what to do after an attack):

Offensive Strategies:

  1. Be proactive with employees
  2. Regularly update passwords
  3. Encrypt your data
  4. Have a firewall in place
  5. Secure your data comprehensively (adding additional layers of protection)
  6. Have a solid back up with offsite replication

Defensive Strategies:

  1. Secure your systems (contain the breach)
  2. Assess impact on your organization
  3. Set goals for recovery
  4. Manage your PR
  5. Address legal and regulatory requirements
  6. Self-assess

How many of these activities does your organization do today?  How many do you do with your personal systems? 

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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