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A comprehensive guide to improving your IT security posture

Closing the gap between your current and desired IT security posture requires careful planning and commitment. Here we offer a detailed, concise set of steps that an organisation can take to improve its security posture:


  • Assessment & vision: Start with a comprehensive evaluation of your current IT security situation to identify the weak points and vulnerabilities. Consider where you want your security to be in the future – what is your vision.


  • Strategic priorities: Prioritise the security enhancements that align with your organisation’s strategic goals, focus on high-risk areas and any regulatory compliance considerations. Document the steps in a roadmap.


  • Allocation of resources: Ensure the necessary resources can be allocated, including budget and personnel, to execute your security road map effectively. Support from leadership is crucial.


  • Update policies: Review and update your IT security policies. Do they comply with current industry standards, best practice guidance and regulations? Ensure team members understand and follow the policies.


  • Train employees: Invest in security training and awareness programs for employees to build a security-conscious culture. Empower your team to identify and respond to threats.


  • Assess vendors: Verify that all your third-party vendors meet your acceptable security standards. Verify that they are aligned with your IT security objectives, especially if they access your systems and data.


  • Technology enhancement: Securely implement upgraded or new technologies to address your identified vulnerabilities.


  • Prepare for an incident: Ensure you have strong incident response and recovery capabilities that are underpinned by a well-defined plan in case of a incident.


  • Commitment to compliance: Maintain compliance with industry regulations and standards, in some environments this is a legal and operational imperative.


  • Monitor & report: Implement robust monitoring systems with real-time detection capabilities and use regular reporting to keep people informed.


  • Continuous improvement: Continually refine your IT security controls and procedures to combat threats as they continue to evolve, remember security is an ongoing process.


  • Engage with Leadership: Ensure your leadership team is fully engaged in your organisation's IT security mission, their support is critical.


  • Measure progress: Establish the security metrics for tracking your progress and measure your success against your goals.


  • Test & validate: Assess your security through regular testing and expert evaluation, a proactive approach will help you to stay ahead of threats.


  • Transparent communication: Everyone should understand your security objectives and progress, ensure you have open channels of communication with all stakeholders.


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