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Managing Threat

Seven steps to effective cyber threat management

When you’re going somewhere, it’s useful to have a map or a guide. Our seven steps to effective cyber threat management help businesses to keep pace with threats, get their attack surface under control and embed cyber threat management throughout their business's decision making.

Step 1: Understand what to protect and recognise threats

Reduce the surprise element – know who, what, why and how they’ll strike. Intelligence is the foundation of every action and every decision. Make risk a calculation, not a hunch.

Step 2: Do the basics in cyber hygiene

Be confident you are building on sure foundations – such as password policy, limited access privileges, encryption and backups, don’t give threat actors an easy ride.

Step 3: Adopt active cyber defence with Attack Surface Management

Build a more adaptive protection posture – continuously monitor your attack surface and improve your risk posture and protection as threats risks evolve.

Step 4: Adopt active cyber defence with Detection and Response

Build a threat-led detection and response capability – threats are inevitable, so be ready to get the attackers out.

Step 5: Embed cyber threat management into the business

By understanding the threat and continuously assessing risk, the business will make better decisions supported by good investments. This will allow the company to adopt a stance of continuous readiness.

Step 6: Ensure employees have the right security skills

Being aware of risk isn’t enough – everyone needs the awareness, knowledge, and skills to understand the risks of their actions. The company needs the skills to work productively, efficiently – and securely.

Step 7: Practice, learn and stimulate

Have confidence that when needed you are ready to respond fast. Create learning opportunities and build experience through incident simulations, practice and rehearse to maintain readiness.

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