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CynergisTek: Why working with a security consulting partner can help reduce cyber risk

According to a recent IBIS report, the market for working with a security consulting partner has grown faster than the technology space. Why is that?

Before, security was simple. And by security, I mean what we call cybersecurity today. Security in business used to mean the state of being secure, of being free from worry or anxiety. It was easy when you could lock the doors, activate the alarm and engage the guards. Then we had to add cyber to that and that changed everything — now cybersecurity includes the characteristics of culture (people and processes), information technology, and living in a reality that can be completely virtual – – in the sense that “things” do not actually exist. You cannot hold bits and bytes in your hand. People can appear as anyone and can be anywhere while appearing to be somewhere else.

Today, cybersecurity is a vast and diverse field

It is much more than providing IT support around security. It’s about needing a security consulting partner that has security consultants, security architects, penetration testers, risk managers, forensic investigators, or whatever. one who understands your business and can translate cyber risks into the business risks that security poses to the business itself. IT or security. The important thing when looking for a security consulting partner is to find an organization with extensive experience, proven effectiveness, and a comprehensive skill set.

Security consulting completes a global and continuous strategy

Because cybersecurity is a strategic function of almost every business today, a robust and comprehensive security program is essential for any modern business. At the same time, hardly any organization has the people, skills or time to address security comprehensively and continuously without the help of security consulting professionals. Cybersecurity should address risk management, information assurance and securing critical technologies (hardware, software, data on-premises or in the cloud) and third-party risk management (partners using your data or providing services with your data or entering your /systems network to provide service to such hardware or applications).

Cybersecurity is all about locking different doors, setting different types of alarms, and using tools as guards 24/7/365. In a world of specialization, a security consulting firm must be up to date on attacks, attackers, their motivations and their approaches. They have to get creative in building defenses against attacks that may not even have happened yet. They must understand data, devices, applications, networks and workflows and how staff access and interact with systems, applications and data – and with whom they share it. They must think and play both attacker and defender in computer systems, networks and software. See what the weaknesses are and determine how to strengthen systems, technology, people and processes to prevent hackers from exploiting known and unknown vulnerabilities.

There are some key functions that a security consulting partner like CynergisTek can provide to an organization to help mature their cybersecurity program and reduce their cyber risks. Here are some of the reasons why organizations would want to hire a security consulting firm to help them on their security journey:

  • Assessment and planning

  • Maximize investments in security

  • Extension of the internal security team

  • Compliance and regulatory issues

  • Experience with the most current cybersecurity issues

Assessment and planning

Third-party and independent assessment of your security policies and programs against considered best practices. Even if you don’t do it every year (assuming you haven’t had major system modifications, upgrades, or changes to computer utilities or security tools and that your business model and computer requirements haven’t changed significantly), this needs to be assessed every couple of years to make sure what you’ve “built” hasn’t changed based on security. This assessment should include the physical security architecture and how it can be penetrated by attackers, cyberattack detection and response capabilities, policies and procedures governing the organization’s overall security program, and it progresses, and the design of the security solution must address and manage your business objectives. This is not an exhaustive list of what can or should be assessed, but it should give you an idea of ​​what a consultant can provide. Additionally, a team of professional security consultants should be able to build you a bespoke security plan that supports your IT strategy and business goals.

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Maximize investments in security

For too long, security has been seen as nothing more than a cost center. The discipline and controls that well-designed security brings to both IT and the business should accelerate the time to productive use of new systems, applications, expanded connectivity, trusted vendors, and other third parties. Your board and CEO want to see a simple return on investment to prove that security investments are worth the time, staff and money. Security consultants can help you create a mature, long-term security plan that not only accelerates your return on security investment, but can also accelerate innovation in IT – – privacy and security are Often the biggest barriers to digital transformation – – building this foundation can eliminate -pouring this foundation for every major product, new business line, or M&A activity. When security objectives align with business use cases, it accelerates the achievement of business objectives and goals through metrics that drive the business forward.

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Extension of the internal security team

You need your security team to be engaged in the many projects and business initiatives that are best supported by your employees who know the actors, the business, and the systems. A security consulting firm can serve as an extension of your team and is a cost-effective way to continue to address evolving threats and risks by managing and overseeing security operations and projects while your team can focus on business work. Additionally, consultants will bring specialized expertise and experience that you may not have on staff — functions such as security architecture, attack detection, adversary assessment, and validation of security controls. The right consultants will work with you to develop a custom security plan based on best practices for your needs, environment, and business.

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Compliance and regulatory issues

The right security consulting partner will also offer certified and skilled experts to address compliance and regulatory issues, from HIPAA to information blocking, CMMC to PCI DSS, and GDPR to CCPA. Most businesses aren’t PCI DSS compliant, but nearly every industry processes credit card payments in one form or another. Security and privacy requirements are constantly changing and can impact your business. Advisory Services can help keep your team up to date with the latest compliance and regulatory requirements. A potential or impending audit can also impact your business, and an experienced security company can help you prepare and navigate the requirements you’ll need to pass specific audits or obtain necessary certifications.

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Experience with the most current cybersecurity issues

An experienced cybersecurity consultant will understand and have the experience to address your organization’s risks and vulnerabilities. You’ll feel comfortable working with experts who have helped you identify risks and create and validate solutions that reduce your cyber risk. In an age where the threat landscape and attack surfaces change almost daily and systems can be destroyed by anything from a wrong configuration setting to a state attacker, it’s essential to be up to date no only with tools but also with knowledge. Many organizations may report “positive and improving scores” for their cybersecurity program, but achieving maturity on paper is very different from achieving reduced risk in your security environment. Experience with a variety of clients in your industry and across industries helps you avoid pitfalls and pitfalls along your cybersecurity journey.

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David Finn is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Innovations at CynergisTek. David has been involved in directing the planning, management and control of information technology and enterprise-wide critical business processes for over 30 years. His unique experience in risk management and technology control objectives (including audit, security and privacy) allows him a distinctive perspective in the design and implementation of business applications and process that the technology must support. David focuses on using technology as an enabler of operational efficiency and creating business value through technology optimization and control. It is known for its creativity engaging all types of audiences, delivering messages that even change-resistant users listen to and remember. David is a member of the Health Management Technologies Editorial Advisory Board.