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Taking cyber security back to basics - the simple things we forget

To make a focused security strategy your organisation’s reality, you need a strong security framework.

When security and IT operations teams work together to promote a focused security solution built on common processes and a prioritised set of actions, costs can go down and responsiveness can increase. 

Cyber watchdogs like the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and the National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) agree, and are contributing their knowledge and expertise to identify, validate, promote and sustain the adoption of cyber security best practices.

Derived from practices forged from actual experiences at the National Security Agency (NSA) and Government Communications HQ (GCHQ), the CIS and NCSC both support and reflect many of the other leading sources of cyber security guidance.  

Their ultimate goal? They’re designed to help you:

  • Rapidly define the starting point for your defences
  • Direct your scarce resources to actions with an immediate and high-value pay-off
  • Focus on additional risks unique to your business

The 5 basic (and foremost) security controls you can put into place now:

Cyber Essentials, outlined by the NCSC, give some really clear and easy guidance for organisations to adopt:

  1. Using a firewall to secure your internet connection
  2. Use the most secure settings for your devices and software
  3. Control who has access to your data and services
  4. Protect yourself from viruses and other malware
  5. Keep your devices and software up to date

We understand that every organisation is different, but the guidance above is universal. We advise you to take a look in more detail on the NCSC’s website: https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/advice/ 

Where do we go from here? 

We can help with all the basic points highlighted by the NCSC, especially around patch management, privilege management and application control. Also, our Cyber Security Assessment can help identify risks and vulnerabilities in your digital infrastructure. 

As an Ivanti Platinum Partner, we recommend their Endpoint Security and Privilege and Patch Management solutions - they help ensure your users are safe while doing their jobs online.

Our Patch as a Service offering is also designed with Ivanti Patch. It delivers a service that removes the pain of keeping your servers and client machines up to date and regularly patched. We aim to help you to decrease risk, while increasing security, and become compliant.

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- By Aaron Goddard (Virtualisation Specialist)

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