By now, it’s no secret that many companies in the digital arena are scrambling to stay ahead of cyber attacks and threats.
That’s partly because of a proliferation of tools and techniques available on the Internet that are more capable of penetrating corporate networks and undermining corporate security and confidentiality than the traditional threats.
But it’s also because of an industry-wide focus on improving the way cybersecurity is done in a way that is more resilient and effective.
The industry has developed a number of tools, protocols and practices, which are designed to keep attackers and defenders honest and focused on the same problem at the same time.
The most important one is the so-called “zero-day” vulnerability.
As many as one in five vulnerabilities are discovered each year.
The researchers who discover them often take the necessary precautions to ensure that they’re not a threat to corporate networks.
They also work closely with security and compliance teams to develop policies and procedures to protect corporate networks from such threats.
These procedures include how to secure critical networks, how to prevent cyberattacks and what to do when a cyberattack occurs.
But most importantly, they’re meant to help companies stay ahead in a rapidly evolving world.
“I think it’s very important for businesses to know what’s going on and to make sure they are prepared,” says Mark Scott, CEO of cybersecurity firm RGP Consulting.
He’s speaking to Fortune on the heels of a new RGP consulting report, “The Cyber Security Advantage: Building and Growing a Successful Cyber Security Solution.”
The report, which was published Tuesday, identifies eight key strategies for building an effective cybersecurity solution that is not only resilient to cyberattacks but also has the capability to survive and thrive in the increasingly digital environment.
They include: Defending against attack from malware or ransomware The first strategy to make a business resilient against ransomware is to develop a zero-day vulnerability that makes the attack impossible to defend against.
RGP consultants say companies should develop their own zero-days to help them protect against attacks like ransomware, which can be difficult to track and detect.
These vulnerabilities can be found in all kinds of applications, from email to file sharing, social networking and financial services.
They’re also easy to patch and have a good chance of being fixed in a timely manner.
They can be deployed in ways that are both effective and secure, so they’re less likely to be exploited by adversaries.
Protecting against data theft and unauthorized access to business data Defending companies from theft and fraud by using a variety of different techniques, including data-loss prevention, data security and access control, or data access.
RGPs advises companies that they should develop data security policies and protocols to prevent unauthorized access, data access and data disclosure to their data.
These policies can include limiting access to data to authorized users and requiring that certain data be retained for a certain period of time.
For example, a company could create a policy that requires employees to log on to the company’s website after they’ve downloaded data, then delete it after 30 days.
That policy could help keep data secure and prevent unauthorized users from accessing it.
Developing and implementing security protocols that keep a company’s critical business data safe and secure to the point that it’s not vulnerable to unauthorized access and disclosure is a second strategy.
Companies should have a detailed protocol for how their company’s security and privacy policies should be implemented, and these protocols should include how employees should interact with and communicate with customers and partners.
A third strategy that companies should consider is to build a system that will allow businesses to share data securely, and that way, their customers will have a more secure and efficient way to communicate with the company.
For companies that do this, RGP recommends a software-defined authentication (SDN) solution that enables a company to send data over the Internet to a customer, and then share the data securely with the customer.
RGS consultants also suggest a platform that allows businesses to securely store their critical business information in cloud services that will be managed by their company, such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM.
For more on RGP’s report, go to: http://www.research.rgp.com/security-solutions/cyber-security-defense/the-cyber_security_advantage-building_a_cybersecurity_dilemma/article/a/rgp-consulting-report-zero-days-cyberspace.
The report also provides recommendations for companies to use as they continue to develop their cybersecurity solutions.
Companies that develop their solutions in this manner are going to have a much better chance of succeeding in the cyber space.
Scott says that companies need to focus on building the right security, compliance and governance policies, and building a robust data protection program to ensure their data is protected against unauthorized access.
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