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Cybersecurity Plan - 9 Steps To Create It Successfully

The average total cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million, and these attacks have increased by 11% since 2018, so there has never been a better time to establish a company-wide cybersecurity strategy.


It starts with developing a plan to educate your staff about cyberattacks on businesses, providing easy ways to digest information and implement security practices in their work.


Steps for creating a cybersecurity plan for your business are:

  1. Identify security roles

  2. Make a list of data to secure

  3. Establish your approach to security

  4. Implement methods for detecting threats

  5. Create security guidelines

  6. Design your threat response procedures

  7. Implement ongoing cybersecurity tests

  8. Hold sessions to train your staff

  9. Continue to adapt your plan


Identify security roles

Create a list of the people who will implement your security plan, and make their names, roles, and contact information readily available at the start of your security plan document.



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Make a list of data to secure

Identify the devices, servers, networks, and data stores that you need to secure, listing the data you have there and making a special note of sensitive material, like private customer information.



Establish your approach to security

Now, list how you will protect your data, including software, firewalls, encrypted file sharing, and other security techniques.  



Implement methods for detecting threats

Even with clear methods of protection, you still need ways of detecting attempted security breaches. List things like applications, network monitoring, and alerts that are in place to notify you of any issues.



Create security guidelines

Create guidelines for your team to follow, like using strong passwords, implementing user permissions to protect data, and following protocols for storing and accessing data to avoid these errors.



Design your threat response procedures

Create a list of instructions for employees to follow, like contacting the IT specialist, taking data offline, and seeking legal support.



Implement ongoing cybersecurity tests

Establish a routine for regular testing and security audits to ensure your plan is working as it should be.



Hold sessions to train your staff

Educate your staff regularly, ensuring they are up to date on company guidelines and the latest security protocols.



Continue to adapt your plan

Threats of cyberattacks on businesses change as rapidly as technology, and 90% of security breaches are through human error, so see your plan as a constantly evolving document that should be updated on an ongoing basis.



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