HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL
Along the Edge of subway tracks in the UK is
a sign that says, “Mind the gap,” warning
passengers to watch out for the space
between the station platform and the train. Business
owners might consider these words as well when
they think about the gaps in their own security.
When a plan for protecting data hasn’t been fully
realised, it’s easy for safety precautions to slip
through the cracks. And that’s why it’s important to
have a cybersecurity plan.
As breaches become the new norm, having a
cybersecurity plan becomes not just a matter
of saving face, but of saving money, data and
valuable employee resources. Each year, thousands
of breaches take place around the world, resulting
in the theft of over 1 billion records of personal
identifiable information. According to the
Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach
Study, the average total cost of a data breach is
US$ 3.86 million.
Cybersecurity policies can range in size from a single
one-sheet overview for user awareness to a 50-page
document that covers everything from keeping a
clean desk to network security.
The SANS Institute offers templates for creating
such policies, if you’re looking at developing a more
robust plan. Ideally, a company’s cybersecurity plan
should be documented, reviewed, and maintained
on a regular basis. •
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