Information Security Toolkit

Cultivating a Security Culture Within Your Organization 


Cultivating a Security Culture To Protect All: What are your policies for onboarding and offboarding new employees? New devices? Remote points of access? New suppliers? New customers?  With access comes vulnerability.  Breaches are typically the result of small cracks in the armour, left exposed over time.  And what about human error? What is the strategy to mitigate this inevitable risk? 

Protection Through Business Transformation: The demands for seamless supplier connectivity and increased customer access are creating security  vulnerabilities to the business that, if breached, can bring that same business to its knees.  Add to that, the increased automation capabilities and subsequent data analytics required, there are more connections running on more data tunnels.  Each time a device, a solution, or a communication connection is added, so to is another threat vulnerability.

Every operational decision requires a security dimension.

Multifaceted Approach: Are you protected at the edge? at your endpoints? At your data access points? How is your patch management handled? It’s easy to get caught up scheduling and testing urgent patches with known threats, but what about those low-level threat vulnerabilities; those non-urgent patches.  How long do they remain unpatched and vulnerable? Do you have a dedicated Security Officer (in house or outsourced)? Is there someone dedicated to creating, deploying, and managing your security strategy while you manage the demands of the rest of the business?

Security Culture Shift

Shift Executive Thinking

Create a Cyber Aware Culture

Shared Value to Solve Vulnerability

Align Executives, IT, and Ops Around Security        

Choose the Right Cybersecurity Framework

Inventory Assets Inside Ops for the Organization’s IRP

Security Optimization and Maturity

Create an IRP Dedicated for Operations

Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment

Security Culture Shift


Are you promoting an efficient culture that supports secure corporate citizens?  Use these Guiding Principles to ensure decisions are made with security and efficiency as mutual priorities.

Today’s business environment demands a balanced decision making approach whereby efficiency and security are mutual priorities.  Every decision an executive makes, alters the security landscape of the organization.  Without accounting for security in the decision making process, the organization can be left vulnerable.  

Guiding Principles

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Cyber Awareness

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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.

Six Sections in this guide will help you start where you are, educate, teach leaders to set the shift in motion, learn valuable lessons from others mistakes, and kick off the shift and make it stick.  The last section is the framework for a successful program. 


IT knows the value of Vulnerability Management activities, but that value isn’t always communicated effectively to Operations or the C-suite.

What if there was a translation guide?

A snapshot to show how the transfer of knowledge from Ops, added to effective ongoing management within IT, would mean tremendous value to the boardroom and the business as a whole?

Create Shared Values

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Align Executives, IT, and Operations Around Security


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 instead have the opportunity to customize your own based on existing proven frameworks.

choose the right cybersecurity framework assessment tool

Many exist (all you have to do is google it), but three stand out as standardized frameworks for Mid Size enterprises.  Use this free assessment tool to help you uncover which framework suits the organization best.

Protecting Operations

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Use the inventory checklist to ensure operational and administrative technology is represented in the Organization’s Incident Response Plan. By completing this asset inventory checklist and sharing it with the IT team, your organization will have a complete view of the technology landscape, and how to identify top priorities should an incident impact Operations.

This Asset Inventory Checklist identifies 21 assets and mechanisms across five major operational systems that must be considered.

Security Optimization and Maturity  


Lifting from the NIST cybersecurity framework, the How to Build an Effective IRP for Operations Worksheet was created.  Inside the worksheet are questions dedicated solely to Ops surrounding PreventRespond, and Recover

In total, there are 20 checklist items with qualifying questions dedicated for Ops and production.

Use this worksheet to to build an effective IRP for Operations.

Ops-Dedicated IRP Worksheet  

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Journey to Cybersecurity Maturity

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The road to cybersecurity maturity can be daunting. 

You don’t have to walk it alone.

We have helped many organizations define their roadmap to cybersecurity maturity; empowering boardrooms to make strategic decisions around security while preserving organizational performance.

Your journey begins the moment you begin your first virtual chat with us.  Are we a good fit to partner together? We won’t know until we talk about your goals, and how we’d like to work with you to achieve them.  Click on the button below to schedule your first discussion with us.  Select your city, and book your time, all from the next page.  Click below.