Security posture refers to the security status of an enterprise’s hardware, software and policies, its capability to manage its defenses and its ability to react as the situation changes (based on NIST).
An efficient and effective cybersecurity posture requires a clear understanding of what is important to your organization and why.
A good cyber security posture is only achievable when
“We thought our cybersecurity initiatives were solid until we performed a Cybersecurity Posture Assessment. We realized that we were not focusing on the right controls. It helped us realign our priorities to achieve a better security posture.” – IT Director, E-banking
“Our cybersecurity projects were all over the place, and Hitachi Systems Security helped us get some clarity about where we should spend our security dollars for maximum ROI. Now, I have a clear roadmap for our cybersecurity initiatives and can secure operations effectively.” – VP Information Security, Telecommunications
Understand where you are, where you need to go and what needs to be done to get there.
Know exactly where to invest to optimize your budget, measure the efficiency of your security initiatives and prove the value of your investment.
Avoid penalties and repercussions by putting effective mechanisms in place to comply with regulations like GDPR and security standards such as PCI, ISO etc.
Be on the same page as your company’s goals and expectations by addressing security as a business issue (not an IT issue) and reduce the gap between governance, risk management and operations.
Even out your security strategy throughout your organizations’ business functions, operations and territories, as well as through mergers and acquisitions.
Get a clear overview of security staff and third-party discrepancies, skills and underlying weaknesses that can disrupt your business.
Put an end to vendor miscommunications and unexpected service delivery by pinpointing your needs and setting clear requirements ahead of time.
The assessment can be divided into four distinct phases:
|1. Planning and Preparation||Planning exercise to:|
• Validate the scope of the assessment
• Identify key stakeholders
• Identify resource requirements
• Develop a realistic work plan
|2. Documentation Review||• Documentation of system description|
• Definition of a concept of operation
• Definition of a target level of residual risk
• Review of customer documents, including InfoSec policies, processes, roles and responsibilities, critical business processes, IT asset descriptions, risk management plans, network diagrams, awareness programs etc.
|3. Assessment||• Exposure assessment|
• Onsite audit & analysis of findings
• Statement of Sensitivity (SOS) to cyber attack
• Cybersecurity posture definition based on findings
• Cybersecurity framework analysis: assessment of your cybersecurity framework, based on your Enterprise IT Risk and Information Security Frameworks and their global alignment to support the enterprise goals and objectives.
• Threat assessment: identification of deliberate threats that might adversely affect the critical assets.
• Cybersecurity controls maturity assessment: assessment of current vulnerabilities, based on a maturity evaluation of existing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and security measures, as well as their adequacy.
• Prioritized remediation plan for continuous improvement
|4. Reporting||• Draft report submitted for review and comments|
• Final report and executive presentation on your cybersecurity posture
Hitachi Systems Security can help determine your security posture improvement strategy as well as develop a concrete action plans to meet your goals. We understand the importance of spending your cybersecurity dollars on the right projects and are committed to maximizing your ROI in line with your business objectives.
Our experts assess both the risks and the critical assets that you already identified, considering threats that apply to your assets and the existing security measures and controls. On one hand, this analysis will help assess the existing controls identify potential vulnerabilities and, on the other hand, optimize appropriate controls to counter the risks and reduce them to an acceptable level.
Our approach to strengthening your cybersecurity posture is unique because it focuses on what really matters: your organization, your mission-critical data and your threat exposure. We do not believe in offering the same set of standardized services for all of our customers. Instead, we understand that your cybersecurity is as unique as your organization and, when properly assessed, has great potential to propel your organization to the next level.
Hitachi Systems Security is also able to assist you with any further steps if needed to improve your cybersecurity posture and manage your cybersecurity 24 hours a day.