Effective risk management will go a long way to protecting a business. Business leaders, or those tasked with the function of risk management, need to first understand their exposures before they can put in adequate controls. Risk management is a continuous process that at no point can be considered complete.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have published 10 Steps to Cyber Security which are:
- Set up your risk management regime - Assess the risks to your organisation’s information and systems with the same vigour you would for legal, regulatory, financial or operational risks. To achieve this, embed a Risk Management Regime across your organisation, supported by the Board and senior managers.
- Network Security - Protect your networks from attack. Defend the network perimeter, filter out unauthorised access and malicious content. Monitor and test security controls.
- User education and awareness - Produce user security policies covering acceptable and secure use of your systems. Include in staff training. Maintain awareness of cyber risks.
- Malware prevention - Produce relevant policies and establish anti-malware defences across your organisation.
- Removable media controls - Produce a policy to control all access to removable media. Limit media types and use. Scan all media for malware before importing onto the corporate system.
- Secure configuration – Apply security patches and ensure the secure configuration of all systems is maintained. Create a system inventory and define a baseline build for all devices.
- Managing user privileges – Establish effective management processes and limit the number of privileged accounts. Limit user privileges and monitor user activity. Control access to activity and audit logs.
- Incident management – Establish an incident response and disaster recovery capability. Test your incident management plans. Provide specialist training. Report criminal incidents to law enforcement.
- Monitoring - Establish a monitoring strategy and produce supporting policies. Continuously monitor all systems and networks. Analyse logs for unusual activity that could indicate an attack.
- Home and mobile working - Develop a mobile working policy and train staff to adhere to it. Apply the secure baseline and build to all devices. Protect data both in transit and at rest.
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About the author
Mark Brannon Cert CII is a respected industry leader with over 17 years’ industry experience in a variety of roles within the business insurance sector. He works across a wide spectrum of insurance product and policy development, delivery and optimisation for clients, including claims, insurer relationships, marketing and communications, and risk management.
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