As a Champion, POWERNET recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and governments all share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Our CyberSphere® Solution is a cyber risk management solution that leverages and delivers unrivaled advisory and technology services for your business and gives you a Cyber Security Validation Certificate to lower your Cyber Security insurance premiums. POWERNET brings to your team cyber expertise, champion technologies, and expert practice of crucial cyber risk indicators to determine solutions to acute queries about the influence of latent cyber incidents, day’s most likely cyber threats, and the appropriate levels of Cyber Security needed for those businesses.
What can CyberSphere® do for my business?
Not only do we deliver Cyber Security services and deliverables to exceed our clients’ various security requests and costs. POWERNET solutions carry a CyberSphere® guarantee to neatly deliver the due diligence to assess, mitigate, and manage cyber risk for the business.
Protect your data, not just the perimeterConcentrating on shoring up the company walls is not enough, yet 87% of security budgets is still spent on firewall technology. The bottom line is, Chief Information Officers need to accept their company will be breached and shift their security strategy from breach prevention to breach acceptance. At POWERNET, we take different approach called micro-segmentation - building lots of little walls around those parts of your business containing data you can't afford to lose. This involves cryptographically signing each bit of digital information with a code unique to each segment of the business. So if hackers break in, all they get access to is the data specific to that community or segment. Just keep in mind, a small breach is easier to manage, for they may steal a little bit, or disrupt a little bit, but they don't take down the whole company.
Have a Disaster Recovery Plan - Have a backup plan!Being prepared is part of the solution to keeping your company from being a complete victim of a cyber attack. When it comes to cyber security, many organizations are not inclined to promote best practices that focus on prevention.
Compared to a “sit-and-wait,” reactive approach, where organizations shut down threats as they present themselves, tactical measures like continuous monitoring, threat intelligence and penetration testing are often more effective for stopping incidents. Keep in mind that the average cost of a security incident at $12.7 million, it’s easy to see why preventive solutions are more cost-effective as well. The critical functions of cyber disaster recovery planning are to effectively anticipate areas where impacts can occur, define what those impacts could be and detail multi-functional plans for minimizing those impacts. At POWERNET, for these functions to take shape, a recovery plan needs the following components:
- Commitment from leadership and a governance plan.
An organization’s upper-level management needs to be responsible for recovery planning in order for the plan to gain the momentum it needs. There also needs to be a clearly defined set of roles and responsibilities for governing the program.
- Identification and prioritization of risks.
Since anticipating risks is critical to the success of a recovery plan, an organization needs to complete a detailed risk assessment. Then, with a clear picture of its vulnerabilities, the company can ensure its risks are prioritized appropriately.
- Recovery methodologies.
The methodology for a particular recovery can take different forms. Whether it’s a hardware or software solution, a database backup or even a report out to an agency, every potential incident needs appropriate follow-up actions. Working with an experienced consultant can help more easily define these actions.
Without precise documentation, recovery plans are not repeatable. Detailing the actions and steps in your recover plan is a core component that shouldn’t be ignored.
- Commitment from leadership and a governance plan.
Wake up to the insider threat - Make your team work for you, not against you!It's all too easy to concentrate on the attacks coming from outside and ignore the risks posed - wittingly or unwittingly - by people inside your organization. Employees clicking on email attachments they believe are from trusted sources is the number one threat for organizations. Hackers are becoming very clever at using personal information gleaned from social media and other sources called social engineering to convince employees that emails are from people they know. At POWERNET, we focus on educating staff about this threat should be a priority, experts advise. When it comes to employees in the pay of criminal gangs, predictive analytical tools can try to spot anomalies in their behavior on a corporate network, but such tools can be expensive and time-consuming to manage. In POWERNET's threat impact assessment, we focus on my areas, but one of them is the companies culture and social engineering testing.
Increase Your VigilanceBusiness and government entities can achieve a lot simply by monitoring their systems more effectively. This includes having a patch management solution that is a robust filtering of inbound and outbound communications, up-to-date malware defense, encryption of sensitive information, and a good password policies. At POWERNET, we promote at the very least, companies should make sure network security certificates and antivirus and firewall software is up-to-date, because investing in monitoring controls to detect when an attack occurs is probably of most importance from a technology perspective. And from a non-technology perspective, security training for staff can go a long way. Make your team your first line defense in a cyber war.
Get to grips with Internet of Things(IoT) and mobileIf staff use their own mobile devices for work purposes, or brings in their own devices, your company should at the least restrict access to critical data and systems. At best, companies should switch to a centrally-controlled system and compartmentalized network structure giving IT departments the ability to wipe devices remotely if they are lost or stolen. And with the Internet of Things (IoT) getting into our businesses more, like our HVAC systems that can be controlled from a phone, we need to be vigilant.
Individual CyberSphere® Service Plans
CyberSphere® delivers a variety of services and deliverables in a packaged plan. Choose your businesses level to meet your growing business needs to assess, mitigate, and manage cyber risk for your business. For more information call us a (256)489-8425!