What is your Cyber Risk?

Whether you like it or not, if you work in information security, you are in the risk management industry. Risk assessments are nothing new. The digital risk threat landscape grows as businesses rely more on information technology and information systems to do business, exposing ecosystems to new, serious vulnerabilities.  

It is difficult to quantify risk since it requires a thorough knowledge of other business processes and a thorough grasp of digital technologies. Understanding the contributions that each digital asset makes to the company's operations as well as the vulnerabilities that surround them is necessary to define an organization's specific risk profile. However, because they are intimately familiar with the technical infrastructure and interact with all areas of the business, cybersecurity experts are uniquely qualified to provide this service. To effectively communicate the value of digital assets for comprehensive risk management, organizations require cybersecurity experts.  

The risk of having sensitive information, money, or business activities negatively affected online is known as cyber risk. Cyber threats are most frequently linked to situations that could lead to a data breach. According to the NIST(National Institute of Standards and Technology), cyber risk assessments are used to identify, analyze, and prioritize threats to organizational operations, organizational assets, as well as personnel. A cybersecurity risk assessment is essential because it can locate dangers to the data, networks, and systems of your business. In the long run, preventing or reducing security events can save your business money and or reputational damage by identifying possible risks and vulnerabilities and working to mitigate them. Your company can develop a strategy for preventing and recovering from a cyberattack with the help of a risk analysis.  

The basis for an organization's ongoing cybersecurity initiatives is risk assessments. They help firms create detailed remedial action plans by ranking the weaknesses that have been found. Additionally, with detailed planning, businesses may set fair budgets for their IT and cybersecurity teams. They can respond quickly to address manpower shortages, which can take time due to the talent gap that exists in cyber security right now. One of the main goals of a cyber risk assessment is to inform stakeholders and promote appropriate actions for hazards that have been discovered. They offer an executive summary to assist directors and executives in making security-related choices.  

Employees with weak security practices expose businesses to serious risks. Creating a cybersecurity-focused business culture is essential. Additionally, risk assessments help businesses identify areas where they should train employees to reduce future dangers. Employees will continue to be open to attack until they understand what they are doing incorrectly and why it is important to change existing behavior.  

The majority of corporate leaders are flying blind in today's high-stakes digital environment. But regrettably, cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated since they are aware that the majority of businesses possess valuable data that is comparatively poorly secured. With little to no danger to the criminal but serious repercussions for organizations, that data can either be sold or encrypted and held for ransom. Executive leaders must approach risk management as a fiduciary responsibility because it will determine the success or failure of many businesses in the digital age. 

Michael Markulec

technology executive, cyber-security guru, politician, rugby player, deadhead, brewer, former army officer, crossfitter, and hard-drinking calypso poet.