Cyber security are words that organizations need to become more familiar with. We may hear it in the news from time to time when there’s a hacking incident, but putting your information at risk doesn’t always manifest itself so publicly. Unless you’re fully informed on the security issues within your organization, chances are your information is already at risk.

Take a Cyber Security Snapshot

How do you get fully informed? Thanks to Symantec’s CyberV Risk Calculator, you can obtain an instant snapshot of your current cyber resilience, based on industry best practices and aligned to maturity benchmarks.

But that’s just the start.

Symantec recommends that after identifying your risk, organizations should develop a resilience plan, which outlines the important security incidents and how business will remains effective and up-and-running through them. Any cyber resilience strategy requires a great deal of education. From board to new hire, it’s essential that everyone understands that they play a role in keeping information safe. Ultimately, no organization should wait for an incident to happen to test your processes, procedures and people. Not only should you make sure you have clearly defined life-cycles that reflect changes in business strategy, technology use and culture, but you should also make sure your strategy is current and effective for the business and the risks.

Speaking of which....

What's Lurking in IT's Shadow?

Lurking the shadows of your organization are individuals and departments that are using their own budgets to invest in, and install, applications and Software as a Service (SaaS), without consulting the internal IT department. They mean well. After all, they may use many of these applications to manage their personal information. But not all apps and services are created with the enterprise in mind.

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Be Cyber Resilient: Know the risks (and rewards) of Shadow IT.

Short of confiscating devices and restricting access to websites, it’s hard to monitor all usage to make sure that rogue applications and solutions are living on or accessing your network. As a result, more companies are learning how to leverage Shadow IT to their advantage. Shadow IT can be a powerful business enabler if managed correctly and can enable IT to been seen as strategic. By demonstrating the value of IT back to the business, whilst ensuring increased agility and responsiveness to combat threats and benefit from the opportunity new technology brings, companies can get a few steps closer to staying Cyber Resilient.