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5 Advantages of Performing Cybersecurity Exercises

There are compelling benefits of performing cybersecurity exercises especially by running a security drill that can help to identify an organization’s weakness and strength.

The recent Solarwinds Orion Security Breach is a great example that no one is safe from cybercriminals. It is believed that most organizations have adapted defense policies to minimize the potential risks and attacks but there are still some companies who lack these defense strategies. Moreover, some organizations do not take cyber-attack simulation beneficial because they perceive it to be expensive, time-consuming, administrative permission delay, regular work schedule disruptive, and many more issues. It is very important to know that these drills of cyber attack scenarios help organizations to gain real-world response and recovery experiences. Therefore, even the smallest cyber-attack simulation can give an insight into the company’s defense strategies to take immediate action. Learn how running a cybersecurity exercise can benefit an organization.

Guide and Train Employees

All employees working in a company do not have practical knowledge about cyber-attack. It is very effective to provide a practical component to learn about cyber-attacks. Therefore, having awareness training, drill, and other attack simulations teach an employee to respond accordingly. It also helps them to be cautious of potential risks especially like Business email compromise attacks.

Preplan for Recovery Cost and Timespan

Companies must have a set of best practices, standards, and recommendations to improve their cybersecurity measures. Detecting, responding, and recovering operations after an attack require pre-plans and policies. While preparing from attacks, companies estimate resources, cost, manpower, and techniques needed to overcome different scenarios. They also assume timescales required to get back to normal business after the victim of cyber-attacks. Therefore, cybersecurity practices help to provide a clear vision of the costs and recovery timespan that will assist to put together any financial justifications as well as improve their resilience measures.

Exposure and Opportunity to Fix Non-Compliance Risk

Companies are very aware of compliance issues. Hence, a separate compliance cybersecurity team handle and establish programs as risk-based controls. We also know that the penalties for breaching regulations and laws are huge and violating the compliance leads to bad reputations, loss of customers, and lawsuits issues. Cybersecurity exercises provide a way to expose the non-compliance side that keeps the company away from legal and financial issues as well as provides an opportunity to fix non-compliance risks. The article provides steps to avoid penalties for non-compliance (FISMA).

Partner with External Cybersecurity/ Information Technology Service Provider

Many organizations have adapted external assistance to handle cyber incidents. Some attacks require external help and expertise to analyze the scenarios whereas some require estimated cost and timescales. Thus, running cybersecurity practices can help to prepare for similar situations with low cost, great productivity, and huge recovery. The external service provider like Allari helps to protect the business from sophisticated cyber-attacks and also provide IT services.

Have Effective and Up to Date Policy

Every company has a set of rules, policies, and regulatory guidelines that need to be effective and up to date. Effective incident response policies help to reduce potential loss. Therefore, performing security exercises can be useful to revisit those policy and update if necessary.

There are various cybersecurity practices that we can perform to benefit our organizations. Hence, cybersecurity exercises not only help to create awareness but also test the companies defense strategies, overcome the weakness, and provides real-world response techniques to prepare and prevent future attacks.

About Allari

Allari implements customized service plans for IT Operations & Cyber-security which allow you to complete a higher volume of planned work, gain the capacity to innovate and help your business to win.

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Priya Thapa

Inspired by Allan Turing, who is considered to be the father of Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, I am very fascinated by cryptography and deciphering secret codes. I have an interest in Network, Application, and Information Security.


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