A lot of small and midsize companies are just a cyberattack way from being out of business. For many businesses, cybercrime and cyberattacks are bigger, ongoing threats to operations than armed robbers or natural disasters.
Often, businesses victimized in cyberspace don’t immediately realize they’ve been attacked. That unfortunate reality becomes evident later when it’s too late to do much about the situation.
Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications recently launched a new service to help companies assess and improve their cybersecurity readiness. It’s called CyberRx.
A Maryland company created the software. Certified SDN coaches help businesses review, assess and improve their ability to protect themselves from cyberattacks and cybercrime.
“The great capability of this software is that it first guides a company through the evaluation process. Then it reveals where a company is doing well and where there’s room for improvement,” says Jake VanDewater, a certified CyberRx coach at SDN.
VanDewater is also SDN’s director of network operations.
An initial on-site review with the CyberRx software and an SDN coach can help a business identify gaps in network protection and help the company manage risks better, VanDewater says.
“This is a great starting point,” he says. “It could be a tool for a company just starting a cybersecurity program or those trying to improve an already mature, robust program.”
The CyberRx program was developed in response to federal guidelines designed to help protect the nation’s critical business infrastructure. That includes industries such as telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, energy, transportation, food, and agriculture.
Federal guidelines were developed under the leadership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, a non-regulatory agency within the Department of Commerce. NIST worked with business leaders, government officials and academic experts to develop the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The series of voluntary, flexible guidelines are scalable to the size of the companies using them.
Working through the best practices in the framework can help companies think critically about operations, vulnerabilities, and needs.
SDN worked its way through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to sharpen its security policies and practices. Then, the company went looking for a tool to help track and measure its cybersecurity progress. SDN chose CyberRx.
SDN recognized the impact CyberRx could have on other businesses, especially those SDN already serves, and became a licensed reseller. Last fall, several SDN employees trained and became certified coaches to help businesses review their security practices.
SDN quietly launched its new cybersecurity service earlier in 2017. It’s assisted six of its member telecom companies in South Dakota through CyberRx reviews and has helped others in neighboring states.
The initial test, or cybersecurity fitness review, takes about three hours, VanDewater says. But it can immediately help a company identify strengths and weaknesses in its practices and suggest where more attention or resources might be needed.
A CyberRx review also can help companies estimate potential losses and their ability to recover from a cyberattack. Of course, some companies never recover. The loss of assets or reputation is too much to overcome.
The increasing risks of cyberattacks demand that companies become more vigilant in monitoring threats and deploying protective strategies. CyberRx can help them.
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