• Embed industry-best security frameworks (ISO, CIS, NIST) into your processes and mindset in creating your standard operating environment
    It is important to consistently set a high-bar for security as a proactive measure across all your different operating systems (Linux, Windows, AIX, etc.) and applications across on-prem, hybrid, and cloud environments

    In support of better security standards, all organizations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) to ensure compliance with the standards set, which include ISO standards for data protection. In Singapore, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore offers training courses for DPOs and plans to train 500 of them by next year.
  • Standardize and automate your environment 
    With the proliferation of technology, there is more work to do than can be done given shortages in technical talent. Automating your environment is an effective way to manage your growing environment effectively while also reducing the risk of human error. Additionally, automation allows you to more quickly remediate vulnerabilities when they are found making this a key step in allowing you to scale in a secure manner. 
  • Follow a risk-based approach to prioritize what to remediate first 
    A risk-based approach takes into account the severity of a vulnerability as well as the context and criticality of the host or machine. Leveraging automation and consistent information as the common language between security and IT allows the team to better understand which part of their system is most vulnerable so they can prioritize accordingly. Following a risk-based approach allows you to remediate the vulnerabilities that might impact and hurt your business the most first, like any sort of financial software or even a customer database.

As the saying goes, you are only as strong as your weakest link, so having a huge cyber defense protocol will not matter if you have a ton of vulnerabilities lurking in the most important parts of your infrastructure. Build out a strong vulnerability management practice now and help your company avoid the security mistake that could cost you millions.