7 Steps for Building a Cybersecurity Practice | Cybersecurity in Healthcare | The Cyber Review

October 26, 2021
Written by Farah

7 Essential Steps for Building a Robust Cybersecurity Practice

Cybersecurity should be a priority for all businesses. This requires time, investment and protecting clients information. Making sure the business is providing services that are secure.

The following seven steps should be taken to ensure the business is prepared to invest and protect sensitive data.

Step 1: Evaluate your risk and consequences of a breach

Ransomware, data breaches, phishing scams are going to increase even more over time as the technology continues to grow.  Organizations should have an assessment test to figure out all the security gaps that can cause risks for the business and clients. All businesses should invest in the right cybersecurity tools that could detect  risks easily. 

Step 2: Beef up your archaic security systems

Systems need to be created with even more layers of protection since technology has increased. Cybersecurity tips should be given to employees to be safe with the business's data. Many organizations wait for a breach then they think about cybersecurity, but that is wrong and will compromise the system.

Step 3: Define a go-to-market strategy

Before a client decides to get a service from some organization, all clients ensure the organization can provide them with the best security and support. Organizations should have strong market strategies that could attract the client for any services.

Step 4: Have honest conversations on security

Security should always be an ongoing topic that should be renewed every few months so a new secure protection layer could be added if there are any potential risks.

All cybersecurity risks should be addressed as soon as possible because the threat grows stronger with every technology advancement made.

Step 5: Educate with security plans for remote/hybrid work

Creating a security plan and educating clients on their security risks is crucial to improving their security. That plan should include everything that is essential for remote working including endpoint detection, password policies, multifactor authentication and mobile device security.

Step 6: Reinforce your frontline response

Making sure the organization has threat detection services. Response services should include monitoring, analyzing, management, customizing alerts for individual users and devices. 

Step 7: Stabilize growth with a navigation plan

Regularly reviewing processes and upgrading, managing the cybersecurity practice which allows organizations to identify opportunities for growth. 

How to Set and Achieve Your Cybersecurity Goals

Why Is Cybersecurity Important?

Not a lot of people understand cybersecurity until they are a victim of a cyberattack. But, people still don't know why cybersecurity is important besides that it protects our systems.

Increasing Cybercrime

Cyberattacks are targeted at big companies, but anyone can be a victim. Cybercriminals try to steal sensitive data from companies. The size of a company does not matter to the cybercriminal. Sensitive information is important to cybercriminals; they might steal it so protecting it is our duty.  

Weak Cybersecurity Culture

Cybersecurity culture to guide people on how to use the internet safely is not as common. Most cyberattacks are due to human error. If more people were aware of the threat there could be less threats. Strong cybersecurity culture is the key to get away from threats. 

5 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Cybersecurity Goals

1. Define Your Goals

Businesses should have clear cybersecurity goals that could help the business to grow. How to protect personal data or the data of your customers?

2. Identify Your Most Critical Assets

Think of all critical assets. Adopt a proactive cybersecurity strategy and how to measure and  protect them. Prioritizing the most critical assets is really important. It makes more sense to protect the assets that’ll impact the business the most first.

3. Prioritize Value Over Cost

Even though cybersecurity is not cheap, in order to achieve those goals consider what happens if there is an attack on the system that could compromise the system and cost even more to recover everything back if there's a chance.

4. Outline Metrics to Measure Your Progress

The best cybersecurity goals are measurable. Keeping track of cybersecurity goals is important because it tells how to measure the distance you have covered and what changes to make. Identify the important Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that’ll give you a sense of performance and help the company grow.

 5. Cultivate a Healthy Cybersecurity Culture

Having all the necessary cybersecurity measures is great but one simple human error could ruin everything. Companies should be ready for different kinds of cyberattacks and their techniques so it is easier to catch a threat beforehand.

Could cyber security be the next big healthcare emergency?

Growing cyber threats facing healthcare

The pandemic has led many people in healthcare to think differently and how the next big disaster facing healthcare might even be global cyberattacks. In the past few years there have been attacks in the healthcare industry like ransomware attacks. Attacks facing healthcare across the world are now on the rise. As long as the vulnerabilities are addressed in the system, people tend to take it more seriously. There should be cyber-security alert notifications for healthcare.

A matter for leaders

The most important thing is the security of patients and their personal information which is one of the serious areas of risk. Healthcare industries need to think about how to make their systems strong and away from threats. This could include security of administrative systems and medical devices. Cyber weaknesses might directly impact patients. 

Could vendors help?

Small organizations in healthcare that might have limited resources which might seem challenging for them but they are not alone. There are many cloud strategies and cloud vendors that help and offer manageable price points. Technology providers can help health care much more easily and ensure that systems are patched without delay. This could also help with mistakes and variation that could create vulnerability risks.  

Preventing supply chain weaknesses:

Managing information security, or meeting cyber essentials are important and if a vendor is certified in these kinds of areas, then the vendor has the perfect knowledge about cybersecurity and will provide good service. Many companies routinely check to make sure there are no serious vulnerabilities. 

Diligence is key, but not a guarantee:

There are no guarantees that any approach to cyber resilience will be successful, even if it is addressed. Attackers can still find weaknesses, and in the healthcare industry  for example loss of data or loss of service that could affect the  patients. Sometimes it is hard to be ready for all situations but having a plan for when things do go wrong is right.