News reports, breach reports, and studies show that many attacks are successful because organizations do not know their digital assets, what software they have running, and where their critical data is stored. Knowing your environment is foundational to any cybersecurity and data asset protection initiative. After all, you can’t protect if you don’t know what you have.
As a starting point, here are some considerations.
As an organization, establish and maintain an up-to-date asset inventory. The critical aspect is that the inventory remains current and with relevant information.
Have a clear policy on how to handle unauthorized assets.
Establish and maintain a current inventory of all licensed software used. Such efforts will allow for identifying end-of-life (EOL) software that requires particular attention and ensures the software can be patched with current versions.
Have a clear policy on how to handle unauthorized software.
Benefit: Equipped with an asset inventory, your organization is now able to make a business decision on how to prioritize available, reasonable, and needed asset protection.
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