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Where are you on your Cyber Security Journey?

With threat levels rising, what can you do to protect your business from attack? 

In 2023, 39% of UK organisations experienced some form of cyber-attack.

These attacks can be devastating. Yet, despite the catastrophic consequences, UK businesses lag behind our global counterparts, with just the fifth lowest cyber security spend among the world’s leading economies.

So why aren’t British businesses doing more to protect themselves from cyber-attacks?

For some it’s an issue of awareness, others mistakenly believe that their existing firewalls are secure enough to protect them from possible breaches. There’s also a sense of exhaustion, with businesses viewing cyber security as a never-ending cost rather than a strategic imperative.

One thing that’s clear, however, is that the threat of cyber-attacks are here to stay.

Whether you are an SMB or an Enterprise, cyber security is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it’s a business imperative. But organisations can’t simply flick a switch to protect themselves. Instead, cyber security is an ongoing process, one that requires a proactive strategy that ensures the correct controls are implemented across your infrastructure.

Or, to put it more succinctly: cyber security is a journey, not a destination.

The cyber security journey 

As mentioned above, security isn’t a destination. The thinking goes that if you take the right steps, and put the right systems and safeguards in place, then cyber security is something that can ultimately be achieved.

The problem with this approach is that it makes a fundamental misjudgement on the nature of the threat that organisations face.

This means you can no longer view it as a state that can be achieved, but a posture that you must adopt to ensure that you are constantly protected.

BCN’s approach to cyber security

At BCN, we believe that organisations should approach cyber security in a strategic, phased way to ensure that the correct controls are implemented across your entire infrastructure and environment.

No matter if you’re a small business or a large enterprise, understanding where you are in this process is vital.

To help you uncover your organisation’s current security posture we’ve created BCN’s Cyber Security Journey. This four-step process is designed to identify where your organisation currently sits, and where it needs to go in order to ensure that your security systems and infrastructure are as sophisticated as the threats that face them.

1. Reactive

The starting point of any cyber security journey. If you currently sit at this stage you will only have a limited security posture that relies on reactive measures such as antivirus software, patch management and firewalls.

You won’t have a strategic, organisation-wide approach to cyber security. Instead, your efforts will be ad-hoc, often adjusting to threats rather than proactively working to block them.

A key part of this stage is Cyber Essentials, a Government-backed scheme that helps businesses address the basics of cyber security.

As a Cyber Essentials Certification Body, BCN helps you to establish a strong foundation for your cyber security.

BCN are here to help you take the first stage of your security journey.

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2. Proactive

As your organisation becomes more aware of the threats that face it, the next stage of your cyber security is to start taking proactive measures.

Here you understand that you can no longer simply rely on the minimum requirements that you have to put in place, but adopt a posture that implements additional measures.

Typically organisations at this stage of their cyber security journey will perform regular assessments and vulnerability scans. They’ll also offer employee training to help minimise the human impact on their security infrastructure.

As part of our Cyber Security Pledge, BCN aims to help 100% of our customers reach this posture by the end of 2024. 

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3. Managed

As you progress along your cyber security journey your organisation’s posture will become increasingly robust. When you reach the Managed stage your security will be comprehensive with measures including security policies and procedures, security monitoring tools, and incident response plans.

Organisations that reach this level are also proactive in their management, embedding cyber security as an ongoing business concern with regular threat assessments and updates.

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4. Embedded

If your business reaches this stage of the journey you will have a highly mature posture with cyber security integrated into every aspect of business operations.

Organisations that achieve this posture don’t just view security as a form of risk management, they see it as a competitive advantage – with security processes and controls aligned with goals and objectives.

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BCN’s Cyber Security Pledge 

BCN is committed to doing our bit to make the digital world a safer place for everyone.

That’s why we’ve established the BCN Benchmark, a recommended level of cyber security posture that we will help all of our customers reach by 2024.

It’s part of our commitment to your security. A pledge to protect your business from cyber threats by:

  • Offering best-in-class cyber security solutions tailored to your specific needs and goals.
  • Providing the latest tools, technologies and best practices to ensure your data security, privacy, and compliance.
  • Supporting you with our expert team of cyber security professionals.
  • Empowering you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your cyber security awareness and resilience.

Uniquely positioned to help 

Your IT department alone can’t protect you from every threat. The landscape is in constant flux, with cyber-attacks happening every day, businesses need dedicated support to make sure they are protected against attack – both today and in the future.

At BCN we’re uniquely positioned to help keep you protected.

We offer leading managed cyber security services, as well as solutions that take into account the full picture of a business’s vulnerability landscape.

With more than 400 expert staff, we’re set up to support organisations across every step of their cyber security journey. So, whether you’re looking for someone to help you with the Cyber Essentials or help take your security to the next level, we can help.

We’re proud to have helped more than 1600 customers to strengthen their security posture. But we won’t stop there. Our Cyber Security Pledge means that we’re committed to helping all of our customers to increase their security posture by the end of 2024.

Are you ready to protect your organisation? 

Talk to our experts to find out how we can support you on your cyber security journey. 

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