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What's the best way to maintain top cybersecurity frameworks?

Keeping top cybersecurity frameworks up to date means understanding how a business evolves and changes. What steps should you take to maintain your security strategy?

A cybersecurity framework should never be considered static or complete. Instead, think of it as a continuously unfolding set of processes that should evolve with business needs and objectives. As such, maintaining top cybersecurity frameworks requires a constant amount of care and feeding. Cybersecurity goals and objectives should be regularly reevaluated to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the business. Objectives often shift, depending on the direction the business is moving, changes to technology and the need to meet new or changing regulatory requirements.

The best way to maintain a working cybersecurity framework is to plan for how changes in processes will be handled. When shifts in business goals happen, be sure that data security goals and objectives are being consistently reviewed as well. In the event a business change requires a modification in cybersecurity policy, it is appropriate to reassess the new cybersecurity goal, create and implement a well-defined policy to meet your new goals, and be sure to document why the change was required.

Another key part of maintaining top cybersecurity frameworks properly is to monitor, track and review results against a continuously updated baseline. Never assume the processes and procedures developed to accomplish your cybersecurity goals are necessarily the best or most efficient. One should always be ready to streamline processes or use new and more advanced technologies to achieve goals. By doing so, you help to keep your cybersecurity framework fresh and operating at optimal levels.

This was last published in June 2019

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