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Balance Real-Time and Periodic Security for Continuous Cyber Improvement
July 20, 2023
One of the biggest cybersecurity misconceptions is that regulatory compliance equals comprehensive security. However, achieving compliance merely creates a baseline defense. After the annual or quarterly audits are completed, new vulnerabilities may crop up before the next audit cycle. The key question is, How can organizations start building an effective culture of continuous cyber improvement? Central to cyber resilience is a robust cyber defense strategy that blends real-time and periodic security practices into a unified approach. And it all starts with emphasizing real-time security practice.
An effective real-time security system provides the crucial window needed to detect and rectify vulnerabilities before they’re exploited. A lapse in real-time activities can spell disaster. On the other hand, periodic security practices, such as penetration testing, provide an opportunity to stress-test the system and uncover potential weaknesses. Striking a balance is critical — managing a blend of real-time activities, like monitoring network traffic, threat hunting, and vulnerability detection, with periodic activities, such as pen testing, risk assessments, and audits. The goal is to create a security system that doesn’t just survive audits but excels in the face of real-world threats.
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