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Cybesecurity2CRI is ready to guide you in developing your cybersecurity game plan.

Many factors contribute to an entity’s cybersecurity. Employees, vendors, or contractors who work with a company’s digital assets could (often unintentionally) leak or manipulate them and cause a data breach. Additionally, odds are that if a firm’s internal controls are not properly configured, it is at high risk for an attack. If you are concerned that you might be gambling with your organization’s cybersecurity, then you need a team of cybersecurity advisors that works diligently to help you protect your data—and continuously train your employees to do the same.

Cyber-StatsCRI is ready to assist you in reviewing and strengthening your cybersecurity measures. Our team of cybersecurity advisors consists of highly specialized professionals, including Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs) and Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISAs). Because we combine qualified IT auditors with the standards of the CPA profession, we deliver the technical IT and audit skills needed to clearly relay technical information to both the IT department and management.

Additionally, we aim to provide clients with a consistent advisory team so that they benefit from the efficiencies of a team that already understands their organization’s IT governance and processes, as well as internal controls. When you work with CRI, you can double down that your cybersecurity will not be left to a game of chance.

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Think your company is too small to attract attention from hackers? It’s probably time to think again. As larger businesses become more secure, cyber thieves turn their attention to smaller businesses, nonprofits, and even local governments. But don’t fold and walk away from the table. Instead, shift the odds in your favor. Start by answering these questions to assess your organization’s cybersecurity risk.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Your employees and business partners take their cue from you. Do your words and actions convey that data security is of paramount importance — or do they imply that sacrificing security for the sake of convenience is acceptable? Leaders of secure businesses tend to avoid mixed messages by having frequent discussions with the management team and making sure they are all on the same page about the importance of data security.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Codes of conduct are among many essential ways that organizations communicate expected behavior. In today’s ultra-connected environment, every organization needs a cybersecurity policy that explains its confidentiality and security standards and practices.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Regular scenario-based training is a critical component of a strong cybersecurity program. Cybersecurity training should address what to do if a breach is suspected or discovered, as well as include competency-based testing to verify that participants learned the key lessons.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Organizations of all sizes possess digital information they need to protect — from client or donor lists to protected health information. If your employees and business partners do not understand what those valuable digital assets are — or the value of those assets to your organization — then they are less likely to take the important steps necessary to prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Knowing where data is stored, how it is accessed, and who is using it can highlight potential areas of vulnerability and help to prevent a costly breach. Keep in mind that some of these touch points are within your control (such as local workstations and network servers) and some are not (such as cloud servers). Either way, you need to be aware of all those touch points.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Given that your employees and business partners make daily decisions about how to conduct their duties, establishing well-designed policies and training will likely improve the odds that they will understand why long-term security should sometimes be prioritized over short-term convenience.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: A risk is the potential for loss, damage, or destruction of an asset. Only after determining the risk level for a digital asset can you make informed decisions about investments in training, technical controls, and cybersecurity awareness programs. Given the speed at which technology changes means, it is best to assess your risk at least annually.

Why your cards in your current hand matter: Business partnerships thrive on trust. When it comes to the protection of valuable data, that trust should be based on independent verification of the vendor’s controls.

Learn more about how to execute a winning game strategy by downloading our CRInsight, Do You Know Your Odds? 6 Key Ways to Strengthening Your Cybersecurity Posture. Additionally, contact CRI’s cybersecurity specialists to discuss how your organization can uncover its true risks through a cybersecurity risk assessment.

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Straight Talk

Translating technical jargon into a plain English “text.”
We hear that there is a cybersecurity framework available. Is that something you can help us implement?
IT DIRECTOR
Absolutely. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) produces the cybersecurity framework that is rapidly becoming adopted the most because of its excellent guidance. You can find it here: http://www.nist.gov/cyberframework/index.cfm.
CRI
Our IT team is so swamped that we may need assistance.
IT DIRECTOR
We can definitely help!
CRI
Great! What would be involved?
IT DIRECTOR
The five framework steps are identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. We start by identifying where your data is in use, in storage, and in transit. We call these “states of data.”
CRI
So once we know the “states” of our data, how do we continue through the framework?
IT DIRECTOR
Next, we analyze how you currently protect the data in each of the data states – including evaluating controls and providing feedback on how they stack up against best practices.
CRI
I see. So the protection step is very much about prevention of issues. Meanwhile, detection is about monitoring for issues that may have occurred, right?
IT DIRECTOR
Exactly! Knowing when an attack occurs is critical to minimizing its impact. Sometimes monitoring is accomplished by training your employees to recognize an attack, such as a phishing attempt, or by having sophisticated equipment that can alert you of (and even thwart) an attack.

Response capability can mean the difference between a minor annoyance and a major breach; it means having a great incident response plan on which all of your people are trained. We evaluate your response controls to make sure they are in top shape.

CRI
I’m totally tracking with this NIST framework now. I wish I could say that we’ll never have an issue, but that’s unrealistic. That’s why recovery is the next part of the framework, right?
IT DIRECTOR
Bingo! No network that is connected to the Internet can ever be completely secure. That’s why it is so important to make sure your backup and recovery process is tested – and you can pull a recovery from before a breach happens.
CRI
How long does implementing a cybersecurity framework like this take?
IT DIRECTOR
The timelines varies. In most cases, it takes about 30 to 45 days to coordinate and test. The additional good news is that once you have the framework in place, it’s a matter of maintenance and having an independent third-party review and test it annually. And we can help you with that, too!
CRI
That’s perfect. I will sleep better at night knowing that we have this cybersecurity framework in place. Let’s get started!
IT DIRECTOR

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Cybersecurity Audits

The news seems to always be telling the story of a major security breach. The truth is that not only are large companies at risk, but small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are also primary targets for cybercriminals. CRI’s cybersecurity team can assess your systems for adequate security for your particular risks and help better protect you from cybercriminals.

Internal Vulnerability Analysis

Cybersecurity risks are both external (i.e. hackers) and internal, whereby an organization’s employees are the cybercriminal(s). And both of these malicious groups count on exploitation of internal vulnerabilities to execute the crime and eventually escape with assets. Therefore, an excellent way to defend your entity against both groups is to perform a risk-based analysis of internal vulnerabilities. Contact CRI’s experienced cybersecurity team for assistance with resolving potential shortfalls of your defenses in this critical area.

Penetration Testing

One key way to know if your systems are protected from cybercrimes is to conduct a penetration (“pen”) test of your network. CRI’s IT professionals can examine your systems and see where the “holes” are in your cyber defenses. This analysis provides valuable information to guide business decisions designed to better protect your entity’s IT assets.

Social Engineering

One way cybercriminals can hack into systems and create havoc is through social engineering, or convincing an innocent employee to take an action that is detrimental to the entity. Whether it is phishing, spear phishing, whaling, or “CEO fraud” (a.k.a. “BEC fraud”), social engineering plays a key role in exploitation and resulting crimes.

The good news is that social engineering is reasonably preventable! Ask CRI’s cybersecurity team to work with your management and provide consulting services devised to help educate your team and deter these cybercrimes from happening to your organization.

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David Mills
David Mills
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