To round off what’s been a thought-provoking and useful event, Cybersecurity Awareness Month wraps up by focusing on building security into products and processes in a ‘Cybersecurity First’ approach.
At Glasswall, we believe this applies to three key areas of a rounded and successful strategy: organizational leadership, the approach taken to team training and the security tools that are used to deliver proactive protection.
- Leadership mindset
Without doubt, effective cybersecurity strategies are rooted in a proactive management and leadership mindset. Ideally, people at the top of any organization should actively engage with the core issues and risks that determine how well they can protect their infrastructure, data and wider business assets. By doing so, they set the tone for how their team as a whole prioritises the investment of time and resources to meet the daily challenges they face.
- Team training
Taking this a stage further requires that effective cybersecurity becomes positively embedded into organizational culture. This is particularly important in the approach taken to end user awareness training. Instead of a process where people are routinely trained in the standard dos and don’ts of cybersecurity in the expectation it will prevent breaches, users should be taken off the front line of defense and supported by technologies that deliver effective protection – allowing them to get on with their work.
- Proactive protection
Creating a successful cybersecurity culture means that training and technology must work in tandem if organisations are to balance protection with productivity. In particular, proactive cybersecurity technologies such as Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) takes the pressure off employees to continually police file-based threats. At the same time, it transforms levels of instant protection by ensuring every document entering or leaving the organisation is safe.
Glasswall’s CDR technology instantly cleans and rebuilds today’s most common file and document formats to match their ‘known good’ manufacturer’s specification – automatically removing potential cyber threats.
The result is a powerful ability to close the security blindspots created by reactive antivirus and sandboxing technologies that cannot identify new vulnerabilities hidden in file ‘DNA’ for days or even weeks after they have been released.