Cisco Security Heroes: The power of partnerships, employee education, and zero trust policies

Today’s cybersecurity universe shares many similarities with the Marvel Universe. There’s bad people( those pesky cyber-attackers) and there’s good guys, like cybersecurity conceived commander Mark Lynd, and Enric Cuixeres Saez, Head of IT at Leng-d’Or.

In a recent video , Mark and Enric sat down to discuss the latest dangers and developments in the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity- and it’s an ultimate must-watch! But to expand on those discussions and share more of his experiences and expertise, Enric has kindly returned to the hotseat for our latest blog.

The following is a guest blog authored by Enric Cuixeres Saez, Head of IT at Leng-d’Or.

During our 55 -year history, Leng-d’Or– like our world- has been subject to a lot of change. But we’ve arguably realise more business progression and rebellion in the past two years than we have in the past twenty.

This has accelerated our own change and compelled constant innovation to uphold our company’s core values, to make sure our processes and makes encounter the highest standards of quality and safety. But evenly as important has been the nurturing and continuing of trust from our customers and employees.

Today’s organisations therefore need a defence example that easily and efficiently adapts to the complexity of a digital-first world, accepts the hybrid workplace, and protects parties, data, and inventions, wherever they’re unearthed. And this too necessitates invention and financing is to maintain with threats that grow more sophisticated by the day.

So, to help you on your own cybersecurity journey, I’ll explore some of the ways Leng-d’Or has advanced our own coming to certificate- with a deeper dive into the critical role of zero cartel, the non-negotiable need for employee training, and how the influence of partnerships can protect your business and drive productivity in a hybrid world of work.

Bad actors don’t discriminate- every business needs cybersecurity

Perhaps the most important aspect of cybersecurity is knowing that every business, regardless of size, is vulnerable. Being a smaller business, we were once of the faith that merely big companies are to be subject to strikes. But bad actors don’t discriminate, and if something, SMEs are more vulnerable to menaces due to this common insurance misconception.

Unfortunately, that is something that means all customs are susceptible to the eye-watering fines often dished out by regulatory bodies when a data infringe takes nurse. Not forgetting the ludicrous ransomware coercion aims, which 32% of businesses paid off in 2021, only for 92% to not receive their data back, according to Forbes.

Despite all of this, nonetheless, it’s a loss of trust- and subsequent business- that can have the biggest impact on firebrands. In the case of Leng-d’Or, we’ve spent 55 times building our reputation, but something as cliche as a phishing email and a wrong sound by an employee has the potential to undo all of our hard work.

So, why take a chance? Bad actors know employees are the biggest risk to any organisation’s security armour- and their efforts to exploit this are unrelenting. This is why security should be sat atop every business agenda, with training cooked into a strategy that plasters all digital groundworks and equips personnels with the necessary tools and processes to be beneficial and secure.

Empowering hires with the title training and implements

In today’s business landscape, it’s essential that employees are not only well understood the risks, but also pleasant dealing with and reporting onslaughts and data infringes. By educating staff via regular training and passing them the confidence to identify menaces, this can improve your human firewall and greatly reduce the employee error often attributed to data breaches.

However, where this may once have only applied to IT teams, insurance is now something that must extend across the whole business. After all, bad actors know accounting or marketing is where the money and data is- so this is where majority decisions of their attacks are aimed. In response, every employee must be able to identify and tackle threats when they occur.

But beyond develop, all teams must also be equipped with the necessary tools and processes, which don’t merely patronize defence, but also strike the right balance with usability to enable employees to be at their more productive- regardless of where they’re working. And this is where it pays to partner with a cybersecurity provider such as Cisco.

Seamless integration across defence engineerings

From Cisco Umbrella to Secure Email, Cisco’s full collection of security concoctions equips Leng-d’Or with the backing we need to protect our business against all threats. And this in turn commits us peace of mind that we can produce 24 hours a day, 365 daytimes a year, is to maintain with customer necessitates, drive compliance with industry standards, and make sure our stature is always protected.

For me, however, it’s the removal of complexity that sets Cisco apart. Everything uses seamlessly together, with Cisco SecureX provided at real-time information in one location for visibility across all our security touchpoints, maximising effectivenes with automated workflows, while reducing threat dwell time and the are necessary to human-powered tasks.

In addition to this, Cisco also supports another of our core values: invention. By freeing up go previously spent on security, this enables us to focus our efforts and resources on improving our business. But certificate extremely involves invention, and in Cisco, we have a partner that is always shove the boundaries and striving to keep us two steps ahead of bad actors.

Our recent implementation of Cisco Zero Trust is one such example of this, with its ability to permit our employees to securely connect to our structure anywhere, on any device, while restricting access from non-compliant inventions. But it’s likewise been fundamental to our operations, with automated system segmentation that lets us mount micro-perimeters for external parties without compelling structure redesign.

The dominance of partnerships

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the world countries pieces better together. Business is very similar- peculiarly when it comes to security- and our partnership with Cisco and consultation partners like DotGainen Consulting has been essential to help us steer risk and grab the chance of a tumultuou business landscape.

The Cisco Gateway is another manifestation of the influence of partnerships, with its community of likeminded peers and safety professionals that are always on hand to provide expert advice. If we’re ever deploying brand-new implements or facing any challenges, this community is always time a announcement or click apart to give us the assistance we need.

Of course, we’re always there to return this, with my persona as a Gateway Ambassador. This time, I’m especially proud to have been on the shortlist for Cybersecurity Defender of the Year in the Cisco Global Advocate Awards, alongside some of my esteemed peers. I hope this is a reflection of how Leng-d’Or tries to give back to this community which has helped us so much in the past.

If you haven’t once, don’t forget to catch Enric’s must-watch conversation with Mark Lynd.

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