How to Align Security With Your Business Objectives

Aligning security with your organization’s  greater business needs is becoming increasingly important, but how do you actually do it? What it comes down to is being able to map security to business objectives. Done right, security can be a major business driver. Today, everyone from finance to DevOps to sales and engineering has security top of mind, at least if they know what’s good for them.

In this post, we’ll offer several ways to bridge the gap between security and the rest of the business, allowing you to successfully bring it into the organization in order to meet any number of business objectives. Read more “How to Align Security With Your Business Objectives”

5 Pieces of Advice for Navigating the Security Culture Shift

As security threats become a bigger part of the day-to-day concerns at all types of organizations, it has become vital to inculcate and promote a “culture of security.” Yes, security is everyone’s responsibility — but it requires a shift in culture for people to begin accepting that responsibility.

Triggering this shift can be harder than it sounds on the surface. Why? Well, for one thing, most people in the organization don’t have their success measured on security. When the marketing team gets a performance review, no one brings up security. When a direct reward or consequence isn’t on the line, it can be more difficult to get people to buy in to their responsibility to help keep the company secure.

That said, it’s not impossible by any means. It just requires focused and sustained effort to change the culture. As with any culture shift, it won’t necessarily be easy or linear, but it is achievable. Here are a few steps you can take to help your team more security-minded. Read more “5 Pieces of Advice for Navigating the Security Culture Shift”

Planning Your Cloud Security Program

As we stated in the introduction to this blog post series, our purpose is to give you insight into the issues you should address when you are at the early stages of establishing a cloud security program.

If your organization is just starting out on its cloud security journey — whether it’s a rapidly growing startup or a more established company — it’s important to develop a strategic security roadmap that’s suited to its early-stage maturity level. You should not reasonably expect to go from no security or rudimentary security to a full-blown, encompassing program in one step. It’s far better to take a graduated approach by defining objectives that will give you reasonable protection now, that won’t drain your budget and resources (and possibly divert critical resources and attention away from your company’s primary business goals) — and that will also serve as a rock solid platform to build on when you want to move up to the next level of maturity on the cloud security ladder.

What you need is an end-to-end roadmap that will get you started in cloud security monitoring, address your first round of security concerns, and noticeably and measurably improve your security stance, all in a reasonable amount of time and for a reasonable expenditure of money and resources.  

And that’s exactly what we’ll do in this post: walk through five steps that will help you develop a strategic action plan that includes defined goals and is targeted at your organization’s specific maturity level, needs, and resources. Read more “Planning Your Cloud Security Program”

4 Steps to Building a Security Awareness Program

At Threat Stack, we develop security software, so it’s important to us that people have the technology they need to manage security issues in today’s business environment.

At the same time, we recognize the Human Factors. Even the best platforms are of limited value if employees don’t recognize or understand the multitude of security issues that surround them in the workplace; don’t understand security best practices; and don’t know how to respond when an incident occurs.

In previous posts, we’ve written about making every employee a security ambassador and talked about empowering them to participate in the process — but haven’t provided many specifics on how to do this.

So this post gives some practical guidance on how you can set up a Security Awareness Program in your organization. The goal is to stop treating security as a series of one-off events or activities that are handled by experts (often in reaction to incidents after they’ve taken place) and to create a proactive, pervasive culture where employees can recognize security risks and then take action on their own or escalate as appropriate.
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