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  • Writer's pictureDoug Ennis

Cyber Security: Next Steps

Updated: May 1

Cyber Security

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius


In the realm of cyber security, the creation of security policies and the assessment of vulnerabilities are critical first steps. However, the journey doesn’t end there. The real challenge lies in what comes next: implementing the policies and addressing the vulnerabilities. This article will explore these next steps in detail. 

 

Implementing Security Policies 

Once a security policy has been created, it needs to be effectively implemented. This involves several key steps: 

  1. Communication: The policy should be communicated to all relevant parties. This includes not only the IT department but also all employees, as they play a crucial role in maintaining security. 

  1. Training: Employees should be trained in the policy and how to adhere to it. This could involve training sessions, workshops, and regular reminders. 

  1. Enforcement: There must be a system in place to monitor adherence to the policy and enforce it. This could involve regular audits and penalties for non-compliance. 


Addressing Vulnerabilities 

Post vulnerability assessment, the identified vulnerabilities need to be addressed. This can be done through: 

  1. Prioritization: Not all vulnerabilities are created equal. Some pose a greater risk than others. It’s important to prioritize addressing the vulnerabilities based on the risk they pose to your organization. 

  1. Remediation: This involves fixing the vulnerabilities. This could involve patching software, changing configurations, improving access controls, etc. 

  1. Verification: After remediation, it’s important to verify that the vulnerabilities have been effectively addressed. This could involve re-running the vulnerability assessment. 


Continuous Monitoring and Improvement 

Cyber security is not a one-time task but an ongoing process. Even after implementing policies and addressing vulnerabilities, continuous monitoring is essential. This helps in identifying any new vulnerabilities or policy violations. 

Moreover, the cyber security landscape is constantly evolving. New threats emerge every day. We highly recommend regularly checking the CISA website for new vulnerabilities that may not have been addressed in your most recent vulnerability assessment. It’s important to regularly review and update your security policies accordingly and conduct vulnerability assessments periodically. 


Conclusion 

In conclusion, the next steps in cyber security post policy creation and vulnerability assessment involve effective implementation of policies, addressing vulnerabilities, and continuous monitoring and improvement. By following these steps, organizations can significantly enhance their cyber security posture and protect themselves against cyber threats.  

Remember, in the world of cyber security, the journey never ends. It’s a continuous cycle of assessing, implementing, monitoring, and improving. Stay safe!   

 

If you need assistance taking those first steps toward Cyber Security, evaluating the risk to your organization, or enhancing your current security posture, One Bridge Consulting can help! Please reach out to us at info@obc.tech or call us directly at 207-352-1743 between the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. 

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