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Understanding How to Chart Your Cybersecurity Journey

Sep 18, 2021

Patrick Clary, President & Chief Operating Officer at DYOPATH  

With every major cyber breach, I get asked by prospective customers what they should have done to avoid being impacted. The fact is most companies aren’t set up to survive a major data disaster. We’re in an era where more attacks simply burrow into a single piece of software and stay there unnoticed until the entire environement is infected. The danger can’t be patched away.

That’s why maintaining security is an ongoing journey that requires charting any threats, mitigation strategies, and outcomes. And your best defense starts when you take a closer look at your environment. 

To do so, a trusted Managed Service Provider (MSP) is often necessary to help a complex organization map out those security gaps and reconcile discrepancies that could derail its overall mission. 

Start by Assessing Where You Are 

These days, partners, vendors, insurance companies, and compliance organizations all hold businesses accountable for the strength of their security systems, or lack thereof. Whether you lead a growing organization or consult them, protecting against cyber threats requires understanding what’s on the horizon. The solution will often comprise many components – from threat detection and remediation to determining how to operate more securely and improve reporting on attempted and successful attacks. 

But you can’t evaluate the health of your environment with insufficient information about it. An initial cybersecurity assessment must examine these types of elements to define the most effective solutions: 

  • Existing cybersecurity controls  
  • Ability of tools to remediate vulnerabilities  
  • Strength in existing organizational infrastructure 
  • Potential gaps or threats in the current security plan

What Else Should You Chart in Your IT System?

There are myriad potential elements to examine in any complex IT infrastructure. It takes a high level of expertise to determine the impact of being hacked, for example, how it would affect your business, and how long it would take to resolve the issue. Charting your path forward will likely necessitate having a keener understanding of your network security architecture – the framework that defines everything from the structure and functional behavior of your IT network to the standards and policies related to it. 

In today’s ever-changing climate, security is a journey, not a destination. Once you accurately chart any potential cyber threats to your organization, you’ll be better positioned to achieve more advanced security based on that in-depth evaluation.

DYOPATH’S team of industry-leading experts is ready to guide you through the remediation process so that your organization achieves a more mature cybersecurity posture. Learn more about how our advanced security services protect a range of organizations on our website, and schedule a meeting today. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. As part of our “Chart the Unknown Security Gaps in Your Environment” campaign, we’re showing organizational leaders how to chart their cybersecurity journey through Advanced Security services. In my next two blogs, I’ll provide a closer look at how to navigate and improve your cybersecurity journey. 

Patrick Clary, President & Chief Operating Officer

About the author: Patrick Clary is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DYOPATH. He is responsible for planning and executing the overall vision, mission, strategy, and operations of the organization. Clary’s greatest strengths are leadership, risk mitigation, change management, and a passion for problem solving. He is known for having his finger on the pulse of DYOPATH’S major business initiatives, delivering operational excellence and an ability to provide guidance, and mitigating risk by asking questions.