How to Build a Perfect Enterprise Security Program
The business establishments are vulnerable to various security risks, which can lead to data loss, destroy systems, and disturb daily operations. A security program is designed to ensure the security of company’s IT infrastructure and information assets. It is necessary for all companies to make a security program to provide strong security to company infrastructure at all levels. While making a security program for a company, information security professionals need to check all possible security loopholes and make evident plans to overcome them.
The main idea behind building security program is to assure the security of the whole IT infrastructure, and protect important data from any type of threat, either man-made or natural. A solid security program ensures that all security measures required for security of whole company IT framework are properly followed. Therefore, it is necessary to build a security program which covers all security aspects and protect data from any security breach. Yesh Dattatreya, Director, Fiserv while writing for CIO.com explained few steps that security professionals should follow while building a security plan. These steps can assist in the evaluation of possible risks and ideas to mitigate them.
A knowledgeable officer specially designated for checking the security compliance is necessary for each company. The security officers need to work with a cross-functional security team to make plans for a powerful security program and the ways to successfully implement it. The security team continuously works to keep daily operations free from any threats. A well-built security team led by a designated security officer monitors the working and foresees the possible threats and takes possible measures to resolve all issues.
The most important components of a successful enterprise security program are the risk assessment and risk management. Risk assessment checks all possible security threats present in the company infrastructure, which can harm daily operations and lead to the loss of business data. While performing risk assessment, the security officer needs to check for all dangers that can harm and violate the information security. The threats are mainly of two types, man-made which comprise of cyber attacks, data theft, employee errors, virus attacks, and others, natural threats comprise of, floods, blackout, earthquake, landslide, and any other natural disaster. It is necessary to list all possible threats and follow measures to manage those risks.
The role of risk management comes after performing a successful risk assessment. The security officer is now well aware of the vulnerabilities that can harm the company in any way. Now they need to decide the suitable and cost-effective measures to minimize the effect of those attacks. The prime function of risk management is to save the company from immediate data loss, restrict access to the important data, timely backup of data, the safety of systems and IT infrastructure, among others.
Risk management provides security officers all measures that companies can follow against a particular risk. The function of the security officer is now to make policies that company will have to follow on a regular basis to keep themselves safe from any threats. Policies like taking backup of data on a routine basis and keeping it at the offshore safe location, timely upgrading system firewalls, and antivirus, and many others, will have to be decided by the security officer. Proper plans need to be made so that all policies will have to be strictly followed at all stages of the business operations. All employees will have to be trained about their roles and responsibilities in the security program. If a company is already working on any enterprise security plan then security officer will have to ensure that it is properly examined and now it is according to current security plans.
The security plans a company has made, which is further going to implement in its infrastructure needs to resolve all security threats within the organization. In such a fast-paced business aura, no company can afford disturbance in operations or data because of any kind of security breach. A perfect enterprise security program ensures the security of the IT framework and the most important asset of the company, data. It provides regulations that a company will have to follow in case of any disaster.
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