Digital technologies are revolutionizing business processes, operations, and customer relationships. The rapid growth of the Internet of Things enables organizations to connect more devices than ever.
The benefits are significant: increased employee efficiency, productivity gains, and increased revenue streams. Unfortunately, this also means that cybercriminals have a bigger attack surface to target.
What is Digital Risk?
Digital risk can be defined as the risk of losing customer data, intellectual property, or business reputation due to a cyberattack. While digital technologies are revolutionizing business processes, operations, and customer relationships, they also introduce vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can use to attack your organization.
As a result, digital risk management has come to the forefront of need in today’s digital age. As more and more organizations increase their online presence and shift operations online, keeping a keen eye on all digital domains being used is essential.
Effective domain monitoring helps identify unauthorized activity that can compromise an organization’s network security. Without such monitoring, data loss or malicious attacks could result in immense financial losses.
To deal effectively with digital risk, you can follow the following tips.
Identify All Exposed Assets
To understand digital risk, you must first define an asset. An asset could be a piece of intellectual property (IP), a database, or even something as simple as your company website. If you’re in charge of managing your company’s assets, or if you work in IT and are responsible for the security of its network and systems, then you must know all the assets to manage them proactively.
Once you have identified all of the assets in your organization, the next step is to list all possible risks associated with each one and determine how to mitigate these risks appropriately.
For example, A database containing customer information could be at risk from hackers attempting to access it through a phishing attack or other exploitation attempts like SQL injections or denial-of-service attacks (DoS).
Mitigation strategies may include limiting access only to employees who need access for their job duties; implementing password complexity requirements; requiring two-factor authentication (2FA) for any changes made on this particular database; educating employees about how they can spot phishing attempts; implementing firewalls between networks so that only authorized traffic passes through them; etc.
Have an Incident Response Plan In Place
An incident response plan is a document that outlines how your business will respond to cyber breaches. It should include steps for dealing with an attack and allow for flexible responses based on the nature of the attack. You should have a written plan to quickly and effectively respond to security threats. Your plan should include the following:
- How you’ll communicate with customers, employees, and other stakeholders about what happened.
- Your strategy for restoring services as quickly as possible after an attack.
- A description of any public relations activities that need to be carried out.
Reducing Your Attack Surface
Reducing your attack surface is essential for digital risk management in today’s world. Try to think of it like Fort Knox, where all the valuable assets are kept secure by creating multiple levels of security. The same goes with your digital assets – create overlapping layers of protection that access control systems, firewalls, malware scanning, and encryption techniques can provide.
This way, you can fortify your data from potential cyber-attacks. Keep up with the ever-changing face of technology and stay informed about digital security methods to be one step ahead of malicious intruders!
You should also use a secure web browser. Ensure you use the latest web browser version and only use trusted add-ons. Also, use a secure email client and email encryption tools such as PGP or S/MIME when sending sensitive information via email as opposed to using regular SMTP protocols like POP3 or IMAP4, which are not encrypted by default and leave emails vulnerable to unauthorized access on the server side if hacked into by nefarious actors looking for the valuable information they can sell on the dark web (a subset of the internet where criminals buy/sell stolen data).
Monitoring Your Attack Surface Continuously
Monitoring your network, systems, and applications, monitoring your network traffic, and monitoring security events are all part of the process. You also need to monitor your security posture and ensure that you comply with any regulations or standards that apply to your industry.
This can be done through tools like SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), allowing you to monitor all these areas in real time and perform retrospective analysis. Finally, you must ensure all these systems are performing optimally so they don’t become weak points that attackers could exploit at some point down the line.
Digital risk is a growing concern for businesses, and it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your company from cyberattacks. Digital risk management can help you identify potential threats and reduce your vulnerability to data loss or theft through proactive monitoring of your networks. Taking steps like these allows you to use digital technologies safely and securely while maintaining the benefits they bring to your business.