The last year and all that came with it caught everyone off guard. No matter the size, every organisation had to accelerate the pace at which they adopt digital technologies, making it a very interesting time for IT companies managing this change.
As cyberthreats become more sophisticated in a remote working world, organisations cannot afford to be complacent about their cybersecurity plans. One such offering that promises to optimise the cybersecurity landscape of your organisation is CIS Controls. The CIS Critical Security Controls are the recommended set of actions for cyber defense that provide specific and actionable ways to stop today’s most pervasive and dangerous attacks.
These set of controls are globally accepted best practices that help in achieving compliance and gives you more control over your organisations systems. They are also regularly monitored and updated to keep up with the ever-changing cyber security ecosystem.
WHAT CHALLENGES CAN CIS CONTROLS SOLVE?
The are many challenges associated with getting the right cyber-security program for your organisation particularly if you have moved to a fully remote or hybrid work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CIS Controls can help identify, develop, validate, promote, and sustain best practice solutions for cyber defence.
By implementing CIS Controls one can get a 360-degree assessment of the gaps in the organisation and take the right steps to address those issues. Typically, the provider would carry out a comprehensive assessment of your organisation’s IT and security infrastructure to judge the resilience towards cyber threats.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED?
Drawing from a practical implementation, one of Paradyn’s customers needed a solution that would provide them with the right framework and set of controls that they could apply across the entire organisation to take a more holistic and proactive approach to managing its complex security and compliance.
Paradyn conducted an online workshop to understand the customer’s current ICT controls, systems, and processes. As a next step. they presented a Business Risk Report that identified specific areas that needed improvement and areas in which where they were performing well. Finally, Paradyn’s security team carefully analysed the gaps in their IT infrastructure and recommended a phased implementation and remediation plan, highlighting areas that needed immediate attention and rectification. To ensure complete accuracy of the results, Paradyn reviewed their customer’s IT infrastructure estate against the 170+ CIS Controls.
BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING CIS CONTROLS
From malware, email, and web security to employee awareness training and penetration testing, the controls help to protect organisations against the most widespread cyber-attacks while aiding regulatory compliance with measures such as GDPR.
Paradyn’s deployment helped the customer build a robust framework for cybersecurity and take a more proactive approach towards cyber threats.
The solution has benefits even beyond securing your devices. It helps in informing management objectives, prioritising areas that need help and overall enables better ways of working and efficiency for your employees and stakeholders.
As security challenges evolve, so do the best practices to meet them. CIS Controls is equipped to make recommendations along the way to deal with newer challenges and acts as a guide to benchmark against peers. It can also provide a holistic and best-practice framework to secure existing and planned business assets and resources, no matter how complex.
By using a highly proactive and collaborative approach, Paradyn is helping organisations protect their customers and the way they interact with stakeholders, to successfully implement CIS Controls. If you would like to know more about how we can help you with CIS Controls, click below!