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