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Cyber Security Management

Must-have resources security teams can use for a proactive cyber strategy.

Looking for a cyber security definition? Try our dictionary.

  • Brute-force

    Brute-force.

  • Pass the hash

    Pass the hash.

  • Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

    Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).

  • Dark Web

    Dark Web.

  • Black Hat hacker

    Black Hat hacker (vs White Hat vs Grey Hat).

  • Two-factor Authentication

    Two-factor Authentication.

  • Multi-factor Authentication

    Multi-factor Authentication.

  • Encryption

    Encryption.

  • Hashing

    Hashing.

  • Malware

    Malware.

  • Ransomware

    Ransomware.

  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

    Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

  • Attack surface

    Attack surface.

  • Secret key

    Secret key.

  • Shared secret

    Shared secret.

  • Password cracking

    Password cracking.

  • Social engineering

    Social engineering.

  • Phishing

    Phishing.

  • Insider threat

    Insider threat.

  • Certificate-based credentials

    Certificate-based credentials.

  • DevSecOps

    DevSecOps.

Cyber security acronyms are popping up all over, but what do they mean?

  • Brute-force

    Brute-force.

  • Pass the hash

    Pass the hash.

  • Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

    Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).

  • Dark Web

    Dark Web.

  • Black Hat hacker

    Black Hat hacker (vs White Hat vs Grey Hat).

  • Two-factor Authentication

    Two-factor Authentication.

  • Multi-factor Authentication

    Multi-factor Authentication.

  • Encryption

    Encryption.

  • Hashing

    Hashing.

  • Malware

    Malware.

  • Ransomware

    Ransomware.

  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

    Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

  • Attack surface

    Attack surface.

  • Secret key

    Secret key.

  • Shared secret

    Shared secret.

  • Password cracking

    Password cracking.

  • Social engineering

    Social engineering.

  • Phishing

    Phishing.

  • Insider threat

    Insider threat.

  • Certificate-based credentials

    Certificate-based credentials.

  • DevSecOps

    DevSecOps.

Build your cyber security strategy on the right foundation

To keep pace with the bad guys, you constantly need to evolve your cyber strategy and resources. Cyber security solutions have overlapping features and goals, which can be confusing and frustrating. Your budget isn’t unlimited. Where do you start a cyber security plan?

Even if you’re an expert, success of your cyber security plan is dependent on others in your organization. Unfortunately, most people, from desktop admins to developers and business users, have limited security expertise and are often poor at cyber hygiene. In fact, every month over 6,000 people Google the question, ‘What is cyber security?’ So to help you build a culture that reduces risk, we’ve put together a set of cyber security resources for everyone from cyber newbies to veterans.

Start by addressing the most common security threats

Traditional perimeter security firewalls aren’t enough to protect you against cyber attacks. Just ask a hacker.

The most common cyber threats can also be the most dangerous. The #1 attack vector for cyber breaches is privileged accounts – passwords and credentials that allow access to sensitive information. Why are passwords so vulnerable? People typically have poor cyber security habits. They often use the same passwords for multiple systems and devices. They neglect to change them and commonly share them.

Next, assess your cyber security risk

Before you invest in any tools, do a quick check to assess your cyber risk. Your results will help prioritize next steps for a focused cyber security plan. If you are preparing for an external audit or compliance review, an internal risk assessment is a great way to start.

Use these free risk assessment tools to see which credentials are most vulnerable to cyber attack. What you find may surprise you.

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Privileged Account Management Risk Assessment Tool

Compare your current password protection methods with security best practices & compliance standards.

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Windows
Least Privilege
Discovery Tool

Identify local and service accounts with unnecessary administrative rights so you know which ones to remove.

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Browser-stored Password
Discovery Tool

Discover who is storing passwords in web browsers, opening the door to potential attack.

Create a cyber security policy

No strategy can succeed without someone in charge and a governance plan. Your cyber security policy should include a description of roles and responsibilities for everyone involved. That means the security team, other IT teams, executives, and plan people responsible for business operations.

Policy templates you can use

Customize based on size, industry and compliance rules.

Audit and Compliance

Map your security practices to compliance mandates.

Make sure your cyber plan maps to compliance requirements

If you are handling personally identifiable information, financial data, or other types of sensitive data, you must comply with cyber security mandates and regulations. Failure to pass a cyber security audit can mean expensive fines, damage to your brand, and loss of business. Preparing for an audit can be stressful and time consuming for security teams. Practice runs – internal security audits that check your security controls against a list of regulatory requirements – are critical to building confidence and maintaining your sanity.

Define metrics that matter to executives and auditors

Let people know how your cyber security program will be measured. Achieving compliance is one benchmark, but you’ll also want to report on continued progress blocking malware and other cyber threats. The more visible your success, the more likely you’ll be to gain support for your cyber security strategy and budget. You can use the metrics you gather in the risk assessments to set a baseline. From there, the only way to is up!

Free Cybersecurity For Dummies

Help you and your employees defend against cyber criminals  with simple steps everyone can take. 

Prevent attacks with proactive cyber security

Now that you set priorities, you can put solutions in place to prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Look for cyber security tools that are easy to manage and don’t drag down productivity.

Privilege management tools block attacks before they happen.

  • A least privilege management solution removes administrative privileges from people and devices that don’t need them so passwords can’t be hijacked to access sensitive information.
  • Application control solutions use threat intelligence to block malware from installing and executing, while letting people use the tools they need to do their jobs.
  • Privileged account management (PAM) solutions make sure passwords are sufficiently complex, rotated regularly and managed securely.
  • Enterprise password vaults keep credentials secure.

Get your incident response plan in place

Cyber attack prevention strategies can address the majority of intrusions, but no security solution is completely foolproof. An essential part of any strategy is a cyber incident response plan. If you experience a breach, you need to immediately alert your team and take appropriate action.

The faster you respond to a cyber attack, the less damage it will cause.
Download your free customizable Incident Response Policy Template here, and use it to protect your organization.

Learn about Incident Response

Develop an early warning system and automate your approach to a credential breach.

Privileged Password Security Certification
Communicate the importance of a comprehensive cyber security strategy.

Empower employees to do the right thing with cyber security training

No policy is implemented by proclamation. No tool runs completely by itself. You need people to make your cyber security program work.

To build a cyber security culture, you must raise the skills of everyone in your organization, especially if they have access to sensitive data and systems.

Unfortunately, people are often the weak link in a cyber security program. Insider threats are not always malicious; even well-intentioned people find ways to skirt cyber security policies to get their jobs done faster. They share passwords, use the same ones for multiple systems and neglect to change them.

PARTNERS IN CYBER SECURITY

If you are ready to launch your cyber security program or strengthen the one you have, let us know how we can help.