Security frameworks are your roadmap to a robust security posture
Want to build a security practice but aren’t sure where to get started? Enter security frameworks. Frameworks are designed to help organizations get a footing in security and provide a focus for elements to be covered within your business. We spoke with Jacob White, cybersecurity technology consultant II, to learn more.
#1 - Security frameworks help you develop a starting point.
Many organizations don’t know how to get started with building a security practice—frameworks help guide the process. Starting with a framework will provide a roadmap or guiding light of the most important bases to cover, security concerns to address, controls to implement and recurring opportunities to manage with your customer base. A framework will guide technology resellers on the best areas to sell into, what products to offer and what services to champion. Standardizing to a security framework also helps introduce customers into the security sales cycle, a continuous process of selling, and evaluation and re-evaluation of the environment.
#2 – There are various frameworks to choose from that meet your needs.
There are different frameworks, from the NIST CSF that Ingram Micro uses to frame up its security sales cycle, to CIS Top 20, COBIT, MITRE and others. There’s no wrong answer on which one you pick, so don’t get caught up in worrying about which is right. It’s all about what is the best fit for your company and culture. NIST is a great overall framework to start with as it’s very comprehensive with different levels varying from basic to more granular. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) Top 20 Security Controls is simplified and a great starter framework, and MITRE is advanced, very granular and focused on what attackers are doing. Get started by digging in and reading the available frameworks, picking one that’s right for you and then building a plan to implement.
#3 - Ask for help from industry experts and consultants.
Getting started with a framework can result in overload of information, but Ingram Micro’s consultant experts like the Cybersecurity Delta Force are here to help demystify the process. You don’t have to go it alone—using peer networks like Ingram Micro’s SMB Alliance and Trust X Alliance can offer valuable feedback and support from folks who have been there already.
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