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Cyber Security

What is Cyber Security?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks. Cybersecurity measures are designed to combat threats against networked systems and applications, whether those threats originate from inside or outside of an organization.

The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.

  • Network security is the practice of securing a computer network from intruders, whether targeted attackers or opportunistic malware.
  • Application security focuses on keeping software and devices free of threats. A compromised application could provide access to the data its designed to protect. Successful security begins in the design stage, well before a program or device is deployed.
  • Information security protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.

  • Disaster recovery and business continuity define how an organization responds to a cyber-security incident or any other event that causes the loss of operations or data. Disaster recovery policies dictate how the organization restores its operations and information to return to the same operating capacity as before the event. Business continuity is the plan the organization falls back on while trying to operate without certain resources.
  • End-user education addresses the most unpredictable cyber-security factor: people. Anyone can accidentally introduce a virus to an otherwise secure system by failing to follow good security practices. Teaching users to delete suspicious email attachments, not plug in unidentified USB drives, and various other important lessons is vital for the security of any organization.
  • Operational security includes the processes and decisions for handling and protecting data assets. The permissions users have when accessing a network and the procedures that determine how and where data may be stored or shared all fall under this umbrella.

How Mac N Ross Can Help?

Assessing risk and resilience

Our holistic, risk-based approach to cybersecurity bases the transformation on the clients’ existing capabilities and provides the current risk information and reporting that executives need to prioritize threats and devise effective controls. By identifying where the business creates value and analyzing threats, our experts help design necessary cyber programs, determine the allocation of funds, and inform board discussions on cyber risk strategy.

Securing the digital transformation

We leverage our deep understanding of the technology landscape to help companies implement security strategies and establish digital resilience. We work to de-risk enterprise platforms, extract value from existing investments, secure value chains, and embed “security by design” into new products and businesses.

Establishing crisis response and preparedness

We help organizations minimize the business impact of cyberattacks by enabling a faster and more coordinated response, improving regulatory and public perception, and building the capabilities of senior executives. We work with clients to diagnose their preparedness, engage leadership in crisis response trainings, and create a crisis playbook and “nerve center” that establishes governance and responsibilities.

Building long-term cyber capabilities

We work with clients to transform the culture and embed cyber capabilities into every aspect of the business. Our team of experts helps redesign operating models, adopt agile approaches, set up attribute-driven assessments, and attract and retain the right talent.