Know what to protect amid this chaos of cybercrime

Information security seems like a lonely place to be. There is so much happening around you, that it makes you feel that you are ‘different‘ and ‘isolated‘. It lulls you into a false sense of security. And then when it hits you in the real world, you are left picking up pieces and worse, not knowing which ones to pick.

In today’s data excesses, it is hard to find out where lies the real value of your money. Just query yourself, which assets really define your company or brand. An asset-based security approach is what enables you separate the chaff from the wheat. Of the zillions of things you call your own, what essentially owns you? Yes, in the digital existence, it is the data which own us and keeps us alive or relevant in the market.

The first step is “Asset Identification”. What is an asset & how much do you have? Where does it exist & what is it that we DO NOT know?

Then comes the “Asset Classification“. What are your most critical assets & why? Which one has the highest priority?

And now is the turn of “Asset Protection“. What actions can help you prevent from the loss or the risk exposure?

Asset protection goes beyond just Disaster Recovery (DR) or Business Continuity Planning (BCP). The principle is quite simple to understand. You can’t appropriately protect what you don’t understand, evaluate or might not even know exists!

Just like you can’t eat everything at all-you-can-eat buffet, similarly you can’t protect everything; you must prioritize and focus on what matters most. And then match the value with the right amount of rigour and protection.

After all, your Crown Jewels makes you business invaluable.