Our cyber security products span from our next gen SIEM used in the most secure government and critical infrastructure environments, to automated cyber risk reporting applications for commercial and government organisations of all sizes.
Whether you are a senior executive or part of a risk and compliance audit team, you need to have visibility of your organisation’s cyber security posture. Understanding vulnerabilities using a security scorecard will allow your organisation to accept the risk or put in place an action plan for improvement.
The question of how to obtain that visibility can leave your head spinning. With so many controls being used, an abundance of compliance obligations to meet and an array of security technologies to extract information from, where do you start?
While measuring the effectiveness of a cyber strategy is the responsibility of executives and risk & compliance teams, the operational management of the controls and associated processes themselves are the domain of the security team. All too often operations are a patchwork of individual measures and reports that have been developed over time, which makes them very difficult to assess.
Starting with a simple process is fundamental to success. We’ve all been quoted the SMART acronym through our professional careers; cyber security is no different. A strategy needs to have Specific controls, which can be Measured; they must be Achievable, which means they must also be Realistic given the resources you have. All of this needs to be Time-bound so you can track progress over time.
Characteristically, all great engineers love to explore and deliberate over new ways of doing things – cyber security engineers included. Investigating the pros and cons of sophisticated, often complex cyber security models and reports is a common past time in the industry. Most organisations do not need a high level of sophistication. Effective strategies are SMART.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Essential Eight mitigation strategies are testament to this. They have been proven to mitigate the most common types of targeted cyber-attacks, indeed the top four alone defend against 85% of these. You can read more about this on their website.
To get a true appreciation of your cyber posture, the effectiveness of security controls must be tracked continuously over time. Self-assessments or even audits every few months explore a mere snapshot in time, which more often than not leaves you spending weeks and months trawling around trying to identify key metrics. Ongoing visibility is essential.
The Huntsman Security Scorecard was developed from two realisations:
The Security Scorecard gathers data proactively, collecting it to turn it into something which has real tangible meaning; identifying where there are weaknesses and how the controls are performing in the operational environment.
The Security Scorecard provides executives with clear and concise reporting; a one page summary report of security control effectiveness using numeric scores and red, amber and green traffic light indicators.
For operational teams the Security Scorecard provides clear visibility of weaknesses to be prioritised. It also serves to provide continuous feedback as to whether remediation activity has been effective.
A recent KPMG Report suggests that protecting against and dealing with cyber risks will be the major challenge for senior executives in 2024. It is clear that despite high levels of security investment, organisations continue to suffer from cyber attacks.Read more
The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) recent publication of their Cyber Threat Report 2022-2023 unearthed a range of areas for concern for government departments and critical infrastructure entities at local, State and Federal level.Read more
As cyber risks increase, organisations are encountering the longer life cycle of insurance renewals and the need to demonstrate better management of security controls and their effectiveness.Read more
Highlights and insights from the recent Managed Services Summit in London & the ISACA Central Chapter Conference on Digital Trust, in Birmingham, UK. With two recent conferences in the space of three days, some interesting challenges were very evident in the topics discussed. Being very different events, the challenges were quite different, but interestingly they […]Read more
In early August 2023, the latest joint advisory on persistent vulnerabilities was issued by the intelligence and security agencies of the “Five-eyes” community. These joint advisories are becoming more common. Perhaps recognising the growing importance of shared security information and the common nature of many of the threats faced – the weight they carry makes […]Read more
The quality of your risk assessment and the security information it provides is important; if you plan to use it to actively manage your operational and cyber resilience activities. Organisations are constantly exposed to a rapidly changing threat environment, so you really need a similarly rapid evidence-based feedback system that informs you of the ongoing […]Read more
The UK market has its own regulators, security standards and challenges. And while rulings from SEC in the US or the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in Australia don’t apply to UK companies, for the most part, the observations are undoubtedly relevant and the resulting advice instructive. It would be wrong to think UK financial […]Read more
<<< Part 2a: Australia’s Essential Eight: Beyond Endpoint Control <<< Part 2b: Activating UK NCSC & US NIST Guidelines: Beyond Endpoint Control Part 4: Systematic Measurement of Cyber Controls >>> As much as we invest into cyber security controls, external threats are inevitable. In a recent Notifiable Data Breaches Report from the Office of the […]Read more
Keen campers, scouts and even the Swiss Army know – that a good penknife is indispensable. This simple device has mitigated many a disaster at one point in time or another. Whether it’s to cut through a bit of string, tighten a screw or simply to solve the problem of no bottle opener in the […]Read more
Supply chain risk is an area of cyber security that demands the ongoing attention of every enterprise; because it can make the difference between being resilient or not. It’s no surprise that insurers warn that the vulnerability of supply chains is potentially a systemic risk that can quickly propagate across supply chain dominated industries. Organisations […]Read more
Read by directors, executives, and security professionals globally, operating in the most complex of security environments.