How to organise your cybersecurity strategy into left and right of boom

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9th November 2023

In the pulsating digital landscape, every click and keystroke echoes through cyberspace. The battle for data security rages on. Businesses stand as both guardians and targets. Unseen adversaries covet their digital assets.

Businesses must arm themselves with a sophisticated arsenal of cybersecurity strategies. On one side, the vigilant guards of prevention (Left of Boom). On the other, the resilient bulwarks of recovery (Right of Boom).  

Together, these strategies form the linchpin of a comprehensive defense. They help ensure that businesses can repel attacks. And also rise stronger from the ashes if breached.  

What do “left of boom” and “right of boom” mean?  

In the realm of cybersecurity, “Left of Boom” and “Right of Boom” are strategic terms. They delineate the proactive and reactive approaches to dealing with cyber threats.  

Left of Boom” refers to preemptive measures and preventative strategies. These are things implemented to safeguard against potential security breaches. It encompasses actions aimed at preventing cyber incidents before they occur.

Right of Boom” pertains to the post-breach recovery strategies. Companies use these after a security incident has taken place. This phase involves activities like incident response planning and data backup.  

Together, these terms form a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. They cover both prevention and recovery aspects.  

Left of Boom: Prevention strategies  

User education and awareness  

One of the foundational elements of Left of Boom is employee cybersecurity education. Regular training sessions can empower staff.  

Robust access control and authentication  

Access control tactics include:  

  • Least privilege access 
  • Multifactor authentication (MFA)
  • Contextual access 
  • Single Sign-on (SSO) solutions  

Regular software updates and patch management

Left of Boom strategies include ensuring all software is regularly updated.  

Network security and firewalls

Firewalls act as the first line of defence against external threats. Install robust firewalls and  intrusion detection/prevention systems.  

Regular security audits and vulnerability assessments  

Conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments. This helps to identify potential weaknesses in your systems.  

Right of boom: recovery strategies  

Incident response plan  

Having a well-defined incident response plan in place is crucial.  

It should include things like:  

  • Communication protocols
  • Containment procedures
  • Steps for recovery 
  • IT contact numbers  

Data backup and disaster recovery  

Regularly backing up data is a vital component of Right of Boom. Another critical component is having a robust disaster recovery plan.  

Forensic analysis and learning  

After a security breach, conduct a thorough forensic analysis. It’s essential to understand the nature of the attack. As well as the extent of the damage, and the vulnerabilities exploited.  

Legal and regulatory compliance  

Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape after a security breach is important.  

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