Joseph Busari
Joseph Busari IT Engineer

Technology and data are the lifeblood of businesses all over the world.

As more operations are conducted online and information is stored using the Internet, the more vulnerable companies are falling prey to a cyberattack. Nigeria ranks in the top five on the list of most-targeted African countries for cyberattacks and 60% of businesses in the country suffer a cyberattack each year. Given that enterprise cybersecurity issues are becoming part of everyday business, what can you do about it?

Build a response plan

According to a report by Sophos Nigeria Limited and Sidmach Technologies, only 14% of Nigerian SMEs have effective infrastructure to mitigate cyber risks, vulnerabilities and attacks. And it takes organisations an average of 191 days to identify data breaches.

So, it's imperative to prioritise information security and put measures in place that will help you assess levels of risks and exposure in your network. It goes without saying that you should formulate a cyber-incident response plan which includes notification and escalation procedures when an incident occurs.

In this regard, a risk assessment is a good starting point. It will help you to uncover potential threats. We have more information detailing how you can identify the gaps in your organisation’s critical risk areas.

Mitigate risks

It's not enough to detect risks, you must be able to do something when a threat is identified. In other words, you must mitigate it. Real-time monitoring and reporting will be your go-to capabilities because they put your IT team in control and can track and respond to emerging events.

Jeremy Capell , Executive: Cyber Resilience, Internet Solutions and ContinuitySA, says this about the matter: “While security measures to prevent a breach remain important, organisations must devote even more resources to developing the ability to respond to, and recover from, an attack. This cyber resilience is critical because chances are that an attack will succeed – how quickly the business can get back up and running will determine its sustainability.”

Cultivate a cybersecurity culture

Cultivate a culture where all employees follow cybersecurity best practices. It’s as easy as getting all employees involved in quarterly security assessments and holding regular cybersecurity training sessions in the IT department.

Your business might have comprehensive cybersecurity defence systems and sophisticated IT protocols in place but without an embedded culture of cybersecurity awareness, cybercriminals can take advantage of your employees’ lack of competence.

We take a multi-layered approach to enterprise cybersecurity because it takes more than one line of defence to keep your enterprise out of harm’s way. Our cybersecurity solutions employ a “Detect”, “Protect” and “Respond” approach so that all your bases are covered.

To learn more about what each segment entails, download The IS approach to cybersecurity .

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