Why it’s Time to Complete an Independent Cybersecurity Assessment
Cybersecurity attacks are increasing but the threat landscape in shifting. According to a World Economic Forum February 2023 article, geo-political tensions are dramatically increasing cyber threats. Indeed, with this tension and new country alliances forming, nation-states and other bad actors are doubling down on attacking companies of all sizes.
During the recent Pandemic, many companies lessened their efforts and the priority for their cybersecurity program increasing their risk. Some leaders are re-examining their programs but many are perplexed given the inherent technical nature and complexity of cybersecurity which is exacerbated by industry players and media hype. Moreover, business justification for greater cybersecurity spending is difficult to obtain. The result is inaction - not a good situation to be in.
Adding to this situation is another factor - several U.S. federal agencies and business groups are advancing guidelines and industry-based rules to help companies strengthen their programs such as DoD’s CMMC for defense industrial based participants or CPB’s CPTAP for trade and transportation companies.
Perhaps it’s time for a cybersecurity assessment by a third-party expert. Such assessments review the current program, identify gaps and recommend actions to take to fill those gaps not only for protection but for detection, response and recovery in case of a breach. Think of an assessment as an annual doctor’s physical or dentist visit. We can all agree that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” according to Ben Franklin.
About AXIOTROP, LLC:
AXIOTROP’s mission is to make cybersecurity accessible, attainable, and sustainable for small and medium-sized businesses so they remain competitive and poised for growth. We simplify cybersecurity by working closely with businesses to right-size their program for their needs, resulting in client retention, business expansion, and reduced risk.