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Gone are the days of picking one service over another as your single line of defense against cyber crime.  Statistics are well documented: YOU WILL BE BREACHED.  The winning organizational mix is creating a cyber aware culture, choosing the right cybersecurity framework, and committing to the continuous management of a mature cybersecurity policy.  


Every member of the organization plays a role in the successful adoption and deployment of the cybersecurity culture.  In this section, we’ll dive deeper into creating a cyber aware culture, selecting the right cybersecurity framework for your business needs, and optimizing your cyber policy for continued risk mitigation.


How do the people, managers, and leaders think about cybersecurity in your organization today? The answers define the culture around cybersecurity and cyber awareness.  A cyber aware culture is the cumulative impact of awareness, policies, training, and ultimately the behaviours of everyone in their day to day interactions with the organization’s systems and data.  Creating this culture will ensure a security mindset is ever-present, through evolving threat vectors, organizational growth, and employee turnover.

A cyber aware culture requires constant vigilance.  Protecting the organization should be top of mind, always.  To maintain the level of vigilance necessary requires leadership support, reinforcement, and encouragement.

Employees need a framework to understand what policies are, how to detect and report concerns, and how to confidently react when a breach occurs.  They want to “do the right thing”, they just need to be taught! Security must be a top priority in the organization’s culture; otherwise staff are likely to circumvent security policies and safeguards in support of productivity.

Cultivating a simple mindset change across an entire workforce can feel like a seismic undertaking.  How do you establish what you want your cyber aware culture to be? How do you roll it out? How do you keep all staff on the right path once the “newness” wears off?  Use the Exclusive Guide to:

Section 1: Start Where You Are

Section 2: Educate, Communicate, Perpetuate

Section 3: Leaders, Set the Shift In Motion

Section 4: Lessons Learned from Others’ Mistakes

Section 5: Kick off the Shift and Make it Stick

Section 6: Framework for a Successful Program


Cybersecurity defense strategies have matured to a point where ‘industry standard’ frameworks have been created.  This is great news for any organization looking for a fresh perspective on building a cyber strategy.  Instead of creating a strategy from scratch, you have the opportunity to customize your own based on existing proven frameworks.  Many exist (all you have to do is google it), but three stand out as standardized frameworks for Mid Size enterprises. 

Click on any of the tabs below to learn more.  Not sure which of these frameworks to leverage?  Use this free assessment tool to help you uncover which framework is best for the organization. 

    NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is an official arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Their mandate is “Helping organizations to better understand and improve their management of cybersecurity risk”.  The latest version if their management framework is made up of three parts: Core, Implementation, and Tiers.  NIST exists to help businesses take an organizational approach to managing risk and asks, ‘What are we doing today?’ ‘Where do we want to go?’ ‘How are we going to get there?’.  The NIST framework is comprised of five sections: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover.

    ISO 27000 series is a family of standards.  27001 is a Certification and 27002 represents its controls.  ISO 27001 involves information security management system requirements, and defines the areas of focus in building a security program, including organizational context, leadership, planning, support, documentation, operation, performance evaluation, and improvement.

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets a standard for consumer rights within the European Union of countries.   GDPR protects those consumer rights with regards to:

    • Amount of personal data collected
    • Quality and updated personal data collection
    • IP addresses collected
    • The right to be forgotten

    GDPR carries provisions that require busiensses to protect he personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. The GDPR also regulates the exportation of personal data outside the EU.  Do you conduct business with customers or suppliers in the EU?

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    Choosing the right framework is the first step.  Once the framework is applied to the organization’s strategic direction, strengths and gaps will undoubtedly appear.  This is where many organizations begin to lose steam.  When unexpected gaps begin presenting themselves, the cost, time, and expertise to fill those gaps can be overwhelming.  This is where our partnership will flourish.  We’ll work with your team to develop a Security Roadmap once your Cybersecurity Maturity has been defined.


      Organizations with mature cybersecurity cultures have recognized that cybersecurity is a strategic initiative.  They discuss security in the boardroom.  Next Dimension’s Cyber Maturity Assessment will provide a guide to meaningful cybersecurity discussions like: 

      1. The current cybersecurity maturity level of the organization
      2. The maturity level the business should be aiming for
      3. Risk analysis and prioritization
      4. Optimization Planning
      5. Strategic Kickoff

      Where is your organization on the security maturity curve?  The threat landscape is expanding, and the risk is growing.  How safe are you? Is there more you should be doing? If so, how should you prioritize and manage that to-do list? The maturity assessment will lead you to the answers of all these questions. 

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