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Cybersecurity Controls

How effective are your cybersecurity controls?

On the surface, building effective security management programs is fairly straightforward: security teams must identify risks and threats, and implement cybersecurity controls to prevent or minimize them.

In practice, however, the task of managing cybersecurity controls is far more complex. Organizations often lack visibility into their attack surfaces and the expansive and variety of risks they face. Determining which controls to use and how to configure them is a continual challenge. Controls must be continually monitored, measured, and reconfigured to respond to an ever-evolving threat landscape.

BitSight can help. By relying on BitSight’s industry-leading Security Ratings and a comprehensive suite of technologies for managing risk, security teams and organizations can deploy cybersecurity controls with greater confidence and using less resources.

Choosing the right security controls

One of the greatest challenges for security teams is knowing which cybersecurity controls to implement. Following several critical cybersecurity best practices can help to ensure you deploy the best mix of physical, operational, and management controls.

  1. Know what you’re protecting. The first priority for any security leader is to understand the data they’re required to protect. Knowing which data is most valuable, where it exists, and who has access to it can help to determine the information security controls required to protect it.
  2. Prioritize controls based on data sensitivity. Security managers must strictly prioritize efforts to maximize the effectiveness of constrained or shrinking security budgets. Ranking sensitive data, like employee or customer financial or personal information, as high priority can help to decide where to focus efforts and resources first.
  3. Engage senior executives and the board. Boards and senior leadership are increasingly taking a more active role in oversight of cybersecurity and establishment of cybersecurity standards. Success of any cybersecurity program – and the controls required to support it – will depend in part on receiving buy-in and budget from senior leadership. Superior reporting capabilities can facilitate this effort immensely.
  4. Know your environment. Deciding which policies, products, and cybersecurity controls will best serve your needs requires a thorough understanding of your IT environment. Complete visibility into your attack surface and digital ecosystem is critical – including what cloud services, shadow IT, and vendor networks are connected to your data, as well as where remote/home network connections are present.
  5. Engage the workforce. Employees are one of the weakest links in your cybersecurity efforts. Understanding their needs and behavior, and providing the proper cybersecurity training and required actions in their contracts are great cybersecurity controls to require to help protect against human error and shadow IT.

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Managing cybersecurity controls with BitSight

BitSight Security Ratings provide the insight you need to seamlessly identify and measure cyber risk – and deploy the cybersecurity controls to address it. BitSight Security Ratings are an external, data-backed measurement of an organization’s security performance. With an outside-in approach that’s similar to credit ratings, BitSight continuously measures security performance based on objective, verifiable data that is connected to an organization’s likelihood of experiencing a data breach. From evidence of compromised systems and data breaches to information on security diligence and user behavior, BitSight analyzes vast amounts of externally observable data to generate daily security ratings for organizations and their vendors.

With help from BitSight, you can easily identify risk, determine which cybersecurity controls are necessary to prevent it, and measure the effectiveness of controls over time.

BitSight’s comprehensive solutions

BitSight Security Ratings are the foundation for a suite of solutions that can help you follow best practices for implementing cybersecurity controls.

  • BitSight for Security Performance Management offers a risk-based, outcome-driven approach to managing performance of cybersecurity controls and programs. With BitSight as your cyber security assessment tool, you can use broad measurement, continuous monitoring, and detailed planning and forecasting to measurably reduce cyber risk.
  • BitSight Attack Surface Analytics provides visibility into your complete digital ecosystem and the risks associated with each asset in your attack surface. BitSight helps you discover hidden assets and cloud instances, visualize areas of disproportionate risk, and implement the appropriate security controls to remediate them.
  • BitSight Security Ratings for Benchmarking offers an effective way to monitor your cybersecurity posture and benchmark your performance against competitors and peers. With BitSight, you can measure the impact of your cybersecurity controls and risk mitigation efforts, and report on progress and results more clearly and effectively.
  • BitSight for Third-Party Risk Management exposes risk in your supply chain to help you prioritize resources and achieve significant and measurable cyber risk reduction. BitSight offers insight into where exactly the riskiest issues impacting your vendors live in your network landscape, and helps to ensure they’re complying with cyber security regulations like PCI security standards. Ultimately, BitSight helps to optimize your third-party risk management program with the resources you have today.

Why choose BitSight?

BitSight is the world’s leading Security Ratings Service, with over 2,100 customers monitoring 540,000 organizations to collectively reduce cyber risk. BitSight delivers actionable security ratings, cyber risk metrics, and security benchmarks by continuously monitoring vast amounts of objective, verifiable data. By providing more complete security visibility and evaluating the performance of security programs, BitSight enables organizations to improve cybersecurity posture and implement more effective cybersecurity controls.

BitSight is trusted by many of the world’s largest organizations. Fully 20% of the world’s countries trust BitSight to protect national security, and 50% of the world’s cyber insurance premiums are underwritten by BitSight customers. BitSight is the choice of 4 of the top 5 investment banks, all of the Big 4 accounting firms, and 25% of Fortune 500 companies.

FAQs: What are cybersecurity controls?

Cybersecurity controls are the safeguards that organizations implement to prevent, detect, minimize, or address security risks to IT environments. Cybersecurity controls include technical controls such as encryption, firewalls, and antivirus applications that reduce vulnerabilities in hardware and software. Administrative controls are policies, procedures, and guidelines such as acceptable use policies and security awareness training. Physical controls include surveillance cameras and biometrics, while detective controls include log monitoring and SIEM monitoring.

Measuring the effectiveness of security controls requires tools like BitSight Security Ratings. BitSight analyzes vast amounts of data to identify security issues arising from compromised systems, lack of security diligence, user behavior, and data breaches. By continuously monitoring security posture and performance, organizations can measure the effectiveness of their cybersecurity controls, refining their efforts or implementing new controls when necessary.

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