The Schneider Downs cybersecurity team shares the most common cybersecurity strategy mistakes organizations are making in 2021.
The Schneider Downs cybersecurity team dedicates significant time and resources to maintaining a detailed understanding of advanced threat actors’ current capabilities and methodologies. Our team leverages this knowledge to help organizations of all sizes and industries be better prepared for the evolving threats of today and tomorrow. In our latest whitepaper our team highlights key insights gained through strategic discussions with business and technology leaders attempting to navigate the shifting landscape of modern cybersecurity.
Many organizations still lack a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity risks and with so many technical variables and threats, their cybersecurity strategy could find itself relying on thought processes that are outdated or based on false assumptions. From a penetration tester’s perspective; these strategic mistakes are often the root cause of significant compromises. In this whitepaper, we discuss several critical misconceptions and overlooked risks that may be lurking within your organization’s cybersecurity strategy and review practical approaches to help reach an effective cybersecurity posture, such as:
Bystander Mentality: Underestimating the Probability of Being Targeted by Threat Actors
The bystander mentality is one of the most small to mid-sized organizations, and it often results in within their cybersecurity strategies. Every organization is a potential target and should take a “not if, but when” approach to cybersecurity threats.
Seesaw Logic: Intentionally Excluding Security Controls Due to Convenience Concerns
One of the largest misconceptions organizations have is that increasing security always decreases convenience. While truly effective cybersecurity strategies impact existing processes, the idea that a change in routine is worse than poor cybersecurity strategies is simply not true.
Tunnel Vision: Focusing on the Specific Instances Instead of Root Causes
Organizations tend to focus on individual instances versus the underlying cause of cybersecurity incidents. Leadership will ask “who clicked on something bad?” or “who is using weak passwords?” instead of reflecting on their phishing education, technical controls or policies.
The Schneider Downs cybersecurity practice consists of experts offering a comprehensive set of information technology security services, including penetration testing, intrusion prevention/detection review, ransomware security, vulnerability assessments and a robust digital forensics and incident response team. For more information, visit www.schneiderdowns.com/cybersecurity or contact the team at [email protected].
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