In today’s digital age, ensuring that your business’s information is well-protected is more critical than ever. A cyber security breach can cause significant damage to your company, both in terms of reputation and finances. That’s why getting the fundamentals of cyber security right is essential.

This article won’t discuss personal security in detail. Still, arguably the change brought about by more flexible working locations and models has made it hard for people who work at home or have multiple jobs to be less distinguish between “work” activities and their own personal ones. And with hybrid models comes risk. Chance errors arise that cause regret later if not caught early enough before their consequences become irreversible. However, these errors fall onto the business’ shoulders where financial impact/brand confidence is concerned, meaning the organisation must take responsibility first rather than transferring that responsibility solely to personnel.

The business strategy and objectives define how a company’s processes give rise to the requirements of people & technology. At this point, as we review those interactions between individuals with access through hardware or software systems, risks emerge when information is stored insecurely. This may cause harm if accessed by an unauthorised third party, such as cybercriminals who want to steal data for profit. These vulnerabilities can then lead them to create attacks against other businesses seeking financial gain from our mistakes- leaving us vulnerable again! Risk rankings help address what needs to be done about each vulnerability, so no one falls victim twice.

A good cyber security strategy’s three fundamental components are people, process, and technology. You can help protect your business from a potential attack by addressing all three of these areas.

People are our most valuable assets, so we must take the time to empower them with security knowledge. How they interact and use technology can determine whether an organisation’s data stays secure. Identifying risks to your organisation and providing instruction and training tools that help your people make the right decisions when faced with potential security issues are fundamental to any cybersecurity strategy. This is more than just ‘security awareness’ – it extends to how we manage the authentication and identification of people, systems, and applications.

Process: Create processes that ensure the safety of those who follow them. Standards like APRA’s CPS 234 and ISO27001 can provide clear guidelines for delivering consistent outcomes in all areas, not just IT or Cyber teams. Collaborate with other departments to develop these pathways by using automated flows where possible and ensuring it is easy enough so anyone following what needs doing will get there safely.

Technology: To help protect against the threats that arise from people making mistakes or malicious actors trying more directly, we must implement technology controls at all levels. This starts with your employees and works their way up through devices, applications networks (both internal and external), testing programs as well monitoring for security incidents before they can cause harm; considering what information is being used in each stage of this process along with how best to secure it.

The partnership between a security specialist and an organisation is invaluable for organisations that want to ensure they are keeping up with the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Third-party providers will often begin by conducting an audit of your current situation, looking at how well you’re protecting yourself from outside threats and those within – be it mandatory legislation or industry best practices that require compliance. Getting the basics of cyber security right is essential for any business that wants to protect itself from potential attacks. By addressing the three critical areas of people, process, and technology, you can help begin to keep your company safe.