3 Key Steps to Successful Cyber Threat Mitigation
April 9th, 2019
Digital risk protection (DRP) is a burgeoning trend in cybersecurity as organizations look to bolster their defense systems amidst seemingly endless sources of cyberattacks. We’ve talked at length about the preliminary steps of implementing DRP as part of an effective cybersecurity strategy: You’ve got to map your digital footprint to understand your attack surface and where cybercriminals may look to infiltrate it, and then you must monitor cyber threat activity to proactively find attacks in the works.
Now comes the most important part: Turning these insights into action to mitigate your risk. This blog will take a look at tactics you can use to protect against external threats and develop effective responses internally. For a full breakdown on what successful DRP looks like, download your free copy of the Digital Risk Protection for Dummies ebook.
Here are three keys to unlocking a proactive cyber threat mitigation approach:
1. Integrating Internal Remediation
Perimeter and endpoint security systems are vital to your cybersecurity strategy – but they’re most effective when they know the newest threats to block. The best way to fend off attacks is to thwart them before they even occur. By extending external intelligence to your existing security infrastructure, you can proactively block threats before they reach your network.
Integrating your DRP solution with your internal systems – for example, checking newly discovered credentials against your active directory to validate and reset – allows you to lock down your employees’ credentials and prevent threats before they manifest into attacks.
2. Expediting – and Automating – External Remediation
Blocking threats from infiltrating your network is a vital preventative measure, but an effective DRP solution must also be able to eliminate these threats externally. Your solution should facilitate the takedown process whenever a malicious mobile application, social media page, paste site paste, phishing scam, or domain threatens your organization. It’s also important to ensure this process is streamlined, since threats evolve rapidly to circumvent your defenses. Taking down threats early in the cyber kill chain allows you to move forward before your legal team even gets involved.
3. Extending Intelligence to Other Departments
IT teams would probably love to be the sole proprietors of their organizations’ digital footprints, but the reality is every person within each organization contributes to them. This means DRP isn’t just for the experts; it needs to be deployed across all departments. Employees from all functional areas need to be educated on how to meaningfully contribute to DRP efforts on an individual basis. The right DRP solution lets you execute strategies and projects related regulatory compliance, brand protection, and consumer data protection.
For example, your cybersecurity team may be responsible for DRP strategy and implementation. But what if cybercriminals launch an attack on your brand in the form of social media impersonation or a malicious mobile app? The marketing department will need to know to communicate any consequences or updates to clients. The fraud department will want to use DRP intelligence to proactively seek out fraudulent campaigns. DRP strategies should be shared company-wide, so everyone is on board and can play their part in securing the organization’s assets.
As the world grows increasingly digital, a DRP solution is a vital component to any effective cybersecurity strategy. Creating strong defensive barriers is no longer sufficient; organizations must be proactive in seeking out cyber threats and eliminating them before it’s too late to stop them from manifesting into full-fledged attacks.
For the full details on implementing a comprehensive DRP solution, download your copy of Digital Risk Protection for Dummies today.
Kevin Diffily is a Content Marketing Manager at IntSights. He strives to educate and engage with cybersecurity professionals, enabling them to make informed decisions to bolster their defense systems and protect their organizations. Kevin has a background in journalism, brand development, copywriting, and social media management. He received his B.A. in Communication from Curry College and his M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Emerson College. He is a staunch proponent of gratuitous Oxford comma use.
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