4 Tips to Improve Your Organization’s Digital Identity Resilience
No one wants their personal information leaked or stolen.
But that’s exactly what is at risk if your organization doesn’t have a cyber resiliency strategy that covers digital identity and access management in place. Digital identities, or “digital IDs” are susceptible to security breaches and cyber-attacks, which in turn can disrupt business continuity and set off a legal minefield.
So, how do you improve your organization’s digital identity resiliency to safeguard against identity-breaching cyber events and data breaches?
Let’s dive a little deeper to find out.
What is Digital Identity?
Digital identity is like a person’s ID card — it relates to a set of characteristics that distinguish one digital user from the next.
It’s commonly used as an authentication factor during login, which is why so many cyber criminals want access to it. Once they can get a hold of your digital identity, criminals can use it to access privileged information and gain a competitive advantage. They can also commit identity theft, bank account takeover, or any number of other crimes.
When it comes to authenticating digital identity, there are three widely-used authentication factors:
- Something the User Knows: Think of passwords and security questions.
- Something the User Has: Think of a Google Authorization OTP generator.
- Something the User Is: Think of a fingerprint or digital face scan.
What is Digital Identity Resilience?
Digital identity resilience refers to the practice of “protecting identities and identity and access management systems from cyber attacks and human errors”.
Here are 4 Ways to Boost Your Organization’s Digital Identity Resilience
If you haven’t already considered a product offering designed specifically to help you protect your organization from identity-related threats and vulnerabilities and gain the ability to recover quickly in the event that these issues do occur, perhaps it’s time to check out acsense.
Here are some of the things we can help you do, or you can implement, in order to boost your organization’s digital identity resilience and overall cyber security resilience.
1. Establish a Cyber Security Framework
Create and implement a cyber security framework and your organization.
This comprehensive step will set you on the right path when it comes to digital security, identity and access management, and identity resilience.
A cyber security framework can help you with:
- Identification: Bring to light the cyber security risks your organization faces and promote an organization-wide understanding of them so that you can tackle vulnerabilities head-on.
- Protection: Develop capabilities to limit or contain the impact of cyber threats.
- Detection: Establish the capability of recognizing cyber events so you can stop them in their tracks or recover from them more quickly.
- Response: Develop and implement the activities your organization needs to take when responding to cyber threats.
- Recovery: Institute a framework for recovering from data breaches and data loss related to cybersecurity events.
2. Prioritize Security & Data Privacy
As Tim Frick notes in his blog post “How to Improve Your Digital Resilience”, “Improved resilience is a natural side effect of placing a high priority on data privacy, secure technology, and open access to information.
Not only will you boost digital product and service availability, you’ll also comply with current and emerging digital accessibility and data privacy legislation.”
In other words, making security and data privacy a priority at your organization if it isn’t already is another foundational step that will set you apart from the droves of companies who haven’t fully considered these things until it was too late.
Encryption of sensitive data is a hugely-important data protection preventative measure.
While cybercriminals can still get access to data through social engineering attacks by working on the human side, it’s still important to shore up direct access to your data via encryption. Digital Journal recommends using a strong encryption algorithm such as AES-256 or RSA 4096.
4. Monitor Access & Configuration Changes
There are five key ways to do this, according to the same Digital Journal blog we’ve just linked to.
They are as follows:
- Make sure your perimeter is up-to-date and secure.
- Regularly monitor your systems for signs of intrusion or damage.
- Educate employees on best practices for online safety and security.
- Use incident response protocols to identify and address potential threats.
- Implement automated monitoring tools to help keep an eye on problem areas.
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