The basics of a strong cybersecurity strategy

AT&T expert offers tips for creating a strong security strategy

by AT&T Business Editorial Team

Just one successful cyberattack can have serious consequences for an organization of any size. A strong cybersecurity strategy can be instrumental in helping business reduce its risk exposure. But knowing where to start isn’t always obvious.

We asked Bindu Sundaresan, strategic solutions practice lead at AT&T Cybersecurity Solutions, for her advice in creating a strong cybersecurity strategy. Here are her recommendations:

AT&T: In the video, you say it’s surprising when you find that an organization doesn’t know where its sensitive data flows in the network. How can organizations better protect their valuable data?

Bindu: Mapping your organization’s sensitive data should be a central part of an overall security strategy. In other words, know what data you possess, the form it takes, its purpose, where it resides, how and by whom it is used, and when and how it will be destroyed.

AT&T: What are basic steps to creating a strong cybersecurity strategy?

Bindu: Every part of your organization should be involved in cybersecurity. A robust strategy will:

  • Align with your business vision
  • Foster a security-conscious culture
  • Understand your high-risk areas
  • Implement an assessment program to identify risks, threats, and vulnerabilities
  • Approach security beyond compliance
  • Invest equally in prevention, detection, and response

AT&T: How can a risk assessment help an organization improve its security posture?

Bindu: A cybersecurity risk assessment offers a ranking of your threat risks and vulnerabilities. With an assessment you can focus your efforts on the most critical threat areas and avoid spending resources on technologies or activities that aren’t essential.

Watch Bindu and other AT&T experts discussing how an organization can improve its cybersecurity strategy in the video above.