How to Organise Your Cybersecurity Strategy into Left and Right of Boom

In the pulsating digital landscape, every click and keystroke echoes through cyberspace. The battle for data security rages on. Businesses stand as both guardians and targets – unseen adversaries covet their digital assets.

Navigating this treacherous terrain takes a two-pronged approach. Businesses must arm themselves with a sophisticated arsenal of cybersecurity strategies. On one side, the vigilant guards of prevention (Left of Boom), and on the other, the resilient barricades of recovery (Right of Boom).

Together, these strategies form the linchpin of a comprehensive defence. They help ensure that businesses can repel attacks and also rise stronger from the ashes if breached.

In this blog post, we’ll explain how to organise your cybersecurity approach into Left and Right of Boom.

What Do “Left of Boom” and “Right of Boom” Mean?

In the realm of cybersecurity, “Left of Boom” and “Right of Boom” are strategic terms to delineate the proactive and reactive approaches to dealing with cyber threats.

“Left of Boom” refers to pre-emptive measures and preventative strategies. These are things implemented to safeguard against potential security breaches. It encompasses actions aimed at preventing cyber incidents before they occur.

“Right of Boom” pertains to the post-breach recovery strategies. Companies use these after a security incident has taken place. This phase involves activities like incident response planning and data backup.

Together, these terms form a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy as they cover both prevention and recovery aspects. The goal is to enhance an organisation’s resilience against cyber threats.

Left of Boom: Prevention Strategies

Firstly, let’s take a look at the prevention side of things…

User Education and Awareness

One of the foundational elements of Left of Boom is employee cybersecurity education. Regular training sessions can empower staff and can help them identify phishing emails, recognise social engineering attempts and adopt secure online behaviours. An informed workforce becomes a strong line of defence against potential threats. Employee training reduces the risk of falling for a phishing attack by 75%.

Robust Access Control and Authentication

Implementing strict access control measures reduces the risk of a breach. It helps ensure employees only have access to the tools necessary for their roles. Access control tactics include:

  • Least privilege access
  • Multifactor authentication (MFA)
  • Contextual access
  • Single Sign-on (SSO) solutions

Regular Software Updates and Patch Management

Outdated software is a common vulnerability exploited by cybercriminals. Left of Boom strategies include ensuring all software is regularly updated and have the latest security patches. Automated patch management tools can streamline this process and reduce the window of vulnerability.

Network Security and Firewalls

Firewalls act as the first line of defence against external threats. Install robust firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems to help track network traffic and identify suspicious activities. Firewalls also help block unauthorised access attempts. Secure network configurations are essential to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data.

Regular Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments

Conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments as these help to identify potential weaknesses in your systems. By proactively addressing these vulnerabilities, organisations can reduce risk and reduce the chance of exploitation by cybercriminals. Penetration testing can also simulate real-world cyber-attacks and allows businesses to evaluate their security posture effectively.

Right of Boom: Recovery Strategies

On the other side of the coin are strategies for recovery …

Incident Response Plan

Having a well-defined incident response plan in place is crucial. This plan should outline the steps to take in the event of a security breach, and should include things like:

  • Communication protocols
  • Containment procedures
  • Steps for recovery
  • IT contact numbers

Regularly test and update your incident response plan to ensure it remains effective and relevant.

Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

Regularly backing up data is a vital component of Right of Boom. Another critical component is having a robust disaster recovery plan. Automated backup systems can ensure that critical data is regularly backed up as well as making sure it can be quickly restored in the event of a breach. A disaster recovery plan allows businesses to resume operations swiftly after an incident.

Forensic Analysis and Learning

After a security breach, conduct a thorough forensic analysis. It’s essential to understand the nature of the attack and the extent of the damage, together with the vulnerabilities exploited. Learning from these incidents enables organisations to strengthen their security posture further. This makes it harder for similar attacks to succeed in the future.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape after a security breach is important. Organisations must follow data breach notification laws and regulations. Timely and transparent communication with affected parties is essential and vital to maintaining trust and credibility.

Get Help with a Strong 2-pronged Cybersecurity Strategy

Using Left and Right of Boom strategies can improve your security stance. These terms help you consider both important aspects of a strong defence.

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Article published with permission of The Technology Press