Under unrelenting pressure, many cybersecurity teams function entirely in a reactionary mode. They struggle to hire and retain qualified staff, and while thinly stretched teams do their best to protect the organization, they remain at a distinct disadvantage. Reactive security often leaves organizations exposed to attackers who always seem one or two steps ahead.
Since the security team receives the backing and support to improve the organization’s defenses proactively, the potential for a successful attack to cause lasting damage drops significantly. And for many cybersecurity professionals, the ability to make significant and sustainable improvements to the organization’s defenses generates a sense of pride and accomplishment. As a result, a proactive approach typically reduces stress and raises morale.
There are many terms and practices associated with proactive security. Many organizations use these terms interchangeably, even though they are not synonymous. Of critical importance, security departments must agree on what constitutes a vulnerability, a threat, and a risk.
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