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Information Security Strategies To Elevate Cyber Resilience

A new blueprint from Info-Tech Research Group outlines a comprehensive approach to building a robust information security strategy.

As cyber threats grow exponentially more sophisticated, establishing a comprehensive information security strategy has become crucial for organizations to remain resilient. Info-Tech Research Group’s latest blueprint, Build an Information Security Strategy, offers a structured approach for security and IT leaders to align security initiatives with business objectives. The research-backed blueprint provides the insights and tools needed to assess risks, identify security gaps, and develop a strategy that not only protects digital assets but also supports overall business growth.

“The rapid pace of technological change is a call to action for information security leaders. Too often, security leaders find their programs stuck in reactive mode, as years of mounting security technical debt take their toll on the organization,” said Kate Wood, practice lead, Security and Privacy at Info-Tech Research Group. “Shifting from a reactive to proactive approach has never been more urgent, yet it remains a daunting task.”

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Info-Tech Research Group’s “Build an Information Security Strategy” blueprint outlines a step-by-step approach to help security and IT leaders build a holistic, risk-based, and business-aligned information security strategy. (CNW Group/Info-Tech Research Group)

Info-Tech’s blueprint provides a clear pathway for security leaders, faced with the increasing urgency to adapt, to move from reactive to proactive strategies in information security management. The firm emphasizes the need to integrate advanced risk assessment tools and strategic planning processes that anticipate and mitigate emerging threats. By embedding the processes into the core of business operations, organizations can preempt potential breaches and minimize disruptions, thereby maintaining security and business continuity.

“When building a security plan, don’t just follow best practice frameworks,” explained Wood. “Only a proactive information security strategy, one that is holistic, risk-aware, and aligned to business needs, can help navigate the changes ahead.”

Building on this shift toward more proactive security measures, the blueprint outlines the importance of a holistic security framework that extends beyond traditional measures. Info-Tech also advocates for a unified approach where information security is an integral part of organizational strategy, enabling businesses not only to respond to immediate threats but also to prepare for future challenges. By aligning security measures with business objectives, organizations can ensure a more resilient posture against evolving cyber threats, ultimately enhancing their ability to protect critical assets and maintain trust with stakeholders.

8 Steps To Building An Information Security Strategy

The firm’s blueprint outlines the following methodology for IT and security leaders to build a proactive security strategy:

  1. Start with an understanding of business goals.
  2. Analyze the threat landscape.
  3. Assess organizational and industry risks.
  4. Identify a defensible target state based on the threat landscape and risk assessment.
  5. Conduct a gap analysis based on a best-of-breed security framework.
  6. Analyze controls across security domains that span people, processes, and technologies.
  7. Prioritize security initiatives based on cost, effort, risk mitigation, and business alignment.
  8. Communicate the security strategy effectively and provide updates in response to threats.

This strategic approach will enable organizations to proactively strengthen their information security posture and enhance their resilience against both present and future cyber threats. By implementing these advanced security measures, organizations can not only protect their critical assets but also ensure that their operations are robust and secure, helping them maintain trust and competitiveness in an exponentially changing digital environment.

You can download the Build an Information Security Strategy blueprint here.

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