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Pillars of a secure organization




Columns, or pillars, have been an architectural staple since as early as 2600 B.C. Every significant civilization of the Iron Age (1300 B.C. to 100 B.C.) used pillars in their architecture. Even to this day, in many instances, those pillars of the Iron Age have proven to withstand the test of time.

Anyone who has traveled to the Near East and Mediterranean regions of the world has marveled at the staying power of ancient pillars. The ancient streets of Ephesus in modern Turkey are still lined with its original pillars. These streets lead to the ancient Library of Celsus, the façade of which is still held intact by sturdy pillars. Not too far from Ephesus stands a single pillar still marking the spot of the Temple of Artemis, a wonder of the ancient world which was mostly destroyed more than 2,400 years ago.

It goes without saying that pillars are extremely important to the structural stability and longevity of a building. There are also pillars that can help with the stability and longevity of your organization.

Shiva Kumar recently wrote a post for the Knowledgehut Blog that outlines the “The 4 Pillars of Cyber Security For Your Organization.” These pillars are foundational and will help your company stay safe from the growing number of cyber threats.

  1. Policies and Planning — Your organization must have clearly defined cybersecurity policies in place. An ideal policy should include a “risk-versus-cost rule” that can be applied to other procedures within your organization. Each division in your organization has unique needs and should have their own policies.
  2. Use of Technology and Vigilant in-house Security —Technology experts should be hired to put the right tools in place to safeguard your organization from a security breach. Assess your needs, then search the market for the tools that will fill those security needs. The proper cybersecurity tools will be proactive in monitoring any changes in the normal functionality process. You will need a capable in-house team to monitor the tools to ensure they are providing the best protection.
  3. Employee Education and Awareness —If your employees are educated in good cybersecurity practices, the likelihood of a security breach goes down significantly. This education could be as simple as proper email etiquette (not opening harmful emails) or as complex as training each employee. Ask about Ascend Educations Corporate Cybersecurity Training if you’re wanting comprehensive training for your team.
  4. Backup and Disaster Recovery —Have copies of company data stored in multiple locations that are off-site and backed up hourly if possible. Stimulate a worst-case scenario by shutting off your server and seeking data backup. These practices will ensure that you are ready for any future data breach. Make sure every employee knows their role in case of a cyber-attack.

Ascend Education’s Cybersecurity Course is designed to help employees gain a very firm grasp on their roles in security. Trained employees could be your organizations best defense.

A successful cybersecurity plan must be built on the stable foundation of these four pillars. If you want your organization to be protected from a data breach, don’t leave out the most important pieces.

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