SYSUSA 30 Jun, 2018

Analyse Cyber Security, Evaluate It, and Manage it – A Beginner’s How To Guide

“The company database was hacked and all the client information was stolen.”

If your business has digital roots, this looks like the news headline of your nightmare. As an online business owner, you must be aware of the dangers of cybercrime. It’s important to keep your data secure so it cannot be stolen easily by hackers.

If your company and client data are important to you (and it should be!), you should take cyber security seriously.

Cyber risk analysis for businesses

Cyber risk analysis helps you calculate the risks involved. In simple terms, it analyses your cyber security situation and how vulnerable your system is to possible attacks. You might think that hackers attack only big businesses, but that’s wrong.

Cybercriminals often target small businesses because they’re the ones that don’t take complete precautionary measures. And the companies that do want to take precautionary measures often find themselves grappling with a shortage of security options.

The current data security choices do not focus on cyber risks, which makes them an inadequate defence system.

Cyber risk assessment

Cyber risk assessment is a complete life-cycle that uses base criteria to assess, measure, and calculate the risks involved. It’s a model that focuses solely on cyber risks.

Considering the rising number of data breaches, this model is better than generic models that cover non-cyber risks.

With cyber risk assessment, you can examine the possibility and extent of the cyber risks faced by your organisation. Whether you run an online company or have a few nodes in the digital sphere, it’s important to keep your data safe and secure.

How to manage cyber risks

There are several processes that should be carried out to manage cyber risks. Here are the steps to be taken.

1. Risk identification

Study the recent attack patterns and current traffic trends to analyse if things are “normal”. Also, it’s important to understand the major risks faced by the organisation. Depending on the exact nature of the organisation, it will be vulnerable to specific attacks. They should be highlighted.

2. Calculate the risk effect

It’s important to determine how big the risk is and if it can be managed easily. Once all the major risks are found and calculated, it’s time to act on them. An efficient cyber risk analysis company will be able to employ the right tools to find the risks with high accuracy.

3. Create incidence response plan

No matter how risk-free an organisation is, it is still prone to some threats. It’s important to create worst-case scenarios and determine the course of action if any of them happens. It’s also important to examine each risk one by one and try to eliminate it as much as possible.

While all risks cannot be eliminated, they can certainly be minimised. And there should always be an incidence response plan to know what action to perform if any hazard does surface.

Keeping it under control

When it comes to risks, the trick is to find them on time and to minimise them. You cannot control all situations and unexpected conditions are bound to happen. But if you know how to keep it under control, you have beaten the chances of cybercrimes.

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