As businesses expand and their customer base grows, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. The average cost of a data breach has consistently increased over the past few years, exceeding $3.9 million USD per incident. Therefore, more companies are adopting cyber-security measures to protect their operations, including breach and attack simulations (BAS). However, to reap the full benefits of BAS, businesses should consider the following strategies:
Firstly, extensive documentation is critical throughout the BAS exercise to recognize vulnerabilities and improve security. A comprehensive report should outline the issue’s location, reason for vulnerability, and ways to fix it. Further, live notes help build a comprehensive report on the applied strategies and how the vulnerability was identified and fixed.
Secondly, businesses should compare BAS results with any known vulnerabilities found by the software bill of materials (SBOM). This document lists the third-party and OS software used, revealing any known vulnerabilities within them. If any vulnerabilities are identified, then the distributor should be contacted to fix the problem going forward.
Thirdly, moving towards automatic solutions is essential for businesses to fully benefit from BAS. This approach helps save time, provides 24/7 support, and strengthens the system holistically, enabling the cybersecurity team to focus on other essential areas.
In conclusion, BAS is a crucial aspect of any business’s cybersecurity practices. By applying the recommended strategies, businesses can maximize their benefits and provide stronger protection against the mounting cyber threat.