What is a cybersecurity posture?
“Cyber Security Posture” refers to an assessment of the strength of an organization’s cyber defenses to protect online assets from those who wish to harm. An organization’s “Cyber Security Posture” assessment should measure cyber defenses holistically across a broad range of technical and operational considerations. A formalized approach to the “Cyber Security Posture” assessment helps organizations measure incremental improvements over time to a cybersecurity program. Automated “Cyber Security Posture” assessment is beneficial to ensure proper cyber protections are in place to protect both corporate and partner ecosystem cyber assets.
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Key factors when assessing cybersecurity posture
There is no silver bullet when it comes to determining an organization’s cybersecurity posture. An effective cybersecurity program will include a broad range of security controls that span across people, process, and technology considerations. Many security controls can be measured in an automated and repeatable way. Some security controls are not easily measured but can be surfaced by other data collection and analysis methodologies. Key factors when measuring cybersecurity posture include the ability to measure risk through:
- validation that proper cybersecurity controls are in place
- determining if cybersecurity controls are properly configured
- ensuring vulnerabilities in cybersecurity controls are addressed
- assessment of additional indicators of cybersecurity risk.
Informational Tip: An organization’s cybersecurity posture assessment should span a broad range of internal technical considerations including, but not limited to, application security, endpoint security, network security, patching cadence, and access controls. Also, a cybersecurity posture assessment should look at external risk factors including, but not limited to, IP reputation and hacker chatter.
Importance of fostering improved ecosystem cybersecurity posture
Many successful businesses rely on a network of supplier and partner companies (or a partner “ecosystem”). A breach of a partner company can significantly impact the reputation and success of an organization. Unfortunately, many organizations are flying blind when there is a need to determine the security posture of their partner companies. In many cases, organizations are compelled, by either internal or external requirements, to ensure their partner companies are meeting specific information security objectives. Organizations should work to ensure partner companies have an adequate cybersecurity posture to minimize the risk of a successful, potentially devastating, cyber breach.
NOTE: 75 percent of recent breaches emanate from third-party cybersecurity weaknesses.
How does SecurityScorecard help organizations reduce risk?
SecurityScorecard is trusted by businesses large and small across industries to assess the cybersecurity posture of their business and that of their business partners and other companies of interest. With the SecurityScorecard platform, organizations can continuously assess a wide range of high-value information security ratings for businesses of interest as part of an overall cybersecurity partner risk management program. Using the SecurityScorecard dashboard – organizations can quickly assess the external security posture of organizations of interest across 10 key risk factors. Users of the platform can learn specific issues uncovered by SecurityScorecard that impact the security posture of their organization, partner companies, or companies of interest.
Bad actors are constantly trying to gain access to valuable corporate data of both businesses and their partners. Any successful breach can seriously impact the business or the business of partner companies. Using SecurityScorecard, organizations that are serious about cybersecurity work closely with the appropriate business partners to ensure proper security defenses are in place and are continuously being improved. SecurityScorecard provides a unique ecosystem risk management capability to help businesses achieve this goal.