Five worthy reads is a regular column on five noteworthy items we’ve discovered while researching trending and timeless topics. This week, we highlight the importance of following cybersecurity standards to build a solid security operations center.

Many enterprises are at the brink of digital transformation, which entails adopting new technologies that process a sea of both personal and enterprise-level data. Despite a surging number of innovations to prevent evolving cyber threats from hijacking that data, the sheer number of successful, high-profile data breaches and attacks recently highlight the insufficient security practices of organizations around the globe.

If enterprises want to protect their data from being compromised, they must stay a step ahead of today’s notoriously intelligent cybercriminals. While data protection regulations, such as the GDPR, enable organizations to circumvent breaches by mandating appropriate protection for personally identifiable information, employing security best practices and protocols will further strengthen organizations’ security perimeters. This might translate into enforcing safer password policies, regularly backing up all data, or even employing multi-factor authentication.

Aside from the basic security measures that we’re all familiar with, there are also some prime security procedures that few companies employ. That said, here are some useful reads from the internet to build security protocols best suited to your business’s needs:

  1. Best Practices for Designing a Security Operations Center
    When designing a SOC, security leaders must consider other factors too. These include business requirements, the skills of the analysts working in the SOC, the team’s scope and responsibilities, and the organization’s security budget.

  1. The disappearing act that can be the best form of cyber defence
    Oliver Cantor, Associate Director of Product Strategy at Verizon, explains to Information Age why putting a Software-Defined Perimeter in place can be the best defence against cyber threats.

  1. 5 tips for better enterprise security
    Do your security policies and procedures actually promote better security, or is your company only looking for known malware and ignoring the human factor? It’s a tricky balancing act that trips up many organizations.

  1. Most businesses believe stronger data protection policies will lead to fewer breaches
    In light of new data privacy legislations, a new Webroot report looks at how businesses in the U.S., U.K., and Australia are adjusting to new data security measures in order to meet compliance requirements.

  1. Five steps to an effective layered defence strategy
    The concept of layered security is key to a strong and successful defence strategy. This approach uses multiple lines of defence to repel potential attacks and is based on the principle that no single form of protection is enough to stop a determined cybercriminal.

It’s no wonder that in this day of dynamic cyberattacks and new data security regulations, enterprises are finding it difficult to keep their data protected at all times. Security professionals need to ensure that their IT infrastructure has a solid data security protocol under the hood, one that’s responsive in the face of new technological changes. Developing sound security standards along with an operations strategy will help enterprises detect, thwart, and respond to potential breaches in time.

When it’s all said and done, what will you do to protect your data in 2018? How do you know if your security operations center is immune to threats?

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