How IT Departments Ensure Cybersecurity
IT Department: The company staff that not just networks your computer to the printer, but also keeps hackers out, and the company’s data safe.
We often think of our information technology (IT) departments as a team full of computer “nerds” who roam the floors to make sure your laptop isn’t on fire and the like. Believe it or not, there is far more to our IT departments than what meets the eye. Information technology and its professionals provide essential functions and services towards ensuring their business’s vitality. The IT department is not just responsible for your business’s company-wide networking, but also its’ cybersecurity.
In the event of a cyberattack, all eyes and ears are likely on your company’s IT department to lead emergency management. In 2019, the international community should expect to see more frequent, and more costly attacks than ever before. Some research finds that the cost of data breaches will exceed $2 trillion, quadruple the cost estimates in 2015. With such stunning figures as these, it should come as no surprise that most (if not all) firms with robust cybersecurity infrastructure place their IT department at the center of their cyber-attack management plan.
As the “experts,” IT departments tend to take direction in how a company responds to a cyber-attack. This means that each and every IT team member should be alert and aware at all times of any possible threat to their organization. The IT team members will have to create a cybersecurity plan that includes endpoint security, employee training, penetration and vulnerability testing, and of course a recovery plan. With that said, the international community should overall expect to see cyber threats at every corner, and will continue to need leadership as they meet and defeat these attacks.
It is safely assumed that a vast majority of a company’s cyber-security knowledge is concentrated within their IT department. In order to maintain the company’s approach to cybersecurity, IT departments must take ownership over organization-wide cyber-education. This can protect a business from external threats by establishing a shield from within.
Successful IT professionals know that they must instruct their colleagues on their individual role in protecting the company’s systems and processes. The organization as a whole must be aware of how their every online behavior puts both themselves and their work environment at risk. Their efforts to keep each employee aware of the potential dangers (type of cyber-attacks, type of tactics that hackers use, and etcetera) helps streamline accountability, while also placing themselves as the first line of defense.
By providing the company’s employees with not just a company conference, but through actual phishing and malware attempts, and real life scenarios, a successful IT department can keep the business cyber secure.
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Your business’s IT department helps keep your organization’s cyber-security infrastructure contemporary and effective. They are some of the most equipped employees to optimize your cybersecurity approach. Some ways that IT departments can promote innovative idea-sharing and strategy evolution is through in-house seminars on how to better-perform certain job functions and data evaluation aimed at predicting future incidents. This comprehensive approach keeps IT departments proactive, as opposed to reactive.
IT departments are not just a group of your go-to technology colleagues. Rather, they are leaders in how your business has, and will continue to face cyber-security threats. Through emergency management, knowledge sharing, and innovation, organizations should continue to rely on and capacity-build their IT departments for the purpose of remaining competitive in a technology-reliant world.
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