Four Essential Questions To Ask A Cybersecurity Expert

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly necessary and important as the Digital Age thrives. As people are becoming more and more dependent on the internet, digital devices, and software systems, it’s important that there are ways to protect those things as well as the information within them.
 
With that being said, there are now companies that specialize in cybersecurity, and those companies are run by cybersecurity experts. 
 
An expert from a company that provides digital forensics services pointed out that most companies should consider hiring a cybersecurity expert in order to keep their confidential information safe. If you are a business owner and you are seeking a cybersecurity expert, you may not know what to look for as you begin your search. Not to worry, this post will detail 4 essential questions that you should ask a cybersecurity expert to ensure that their work is legitimate and that their services will keep you safe. 
 
Important Questions To Ask About Cybersecurity
 
Before selecting a cybersecurity company for your business, it's important that you talk with a few to ensure you are getting the most secure service available. Here are some questions you should ask the experts about cybersecurity. 
 
1. What Can I Do Now to Prevent Cyber Attacks? This is one of the first questions you should ask as this is the key to keeping your business safe. A knowledgeable cybersecurity expert will likely tell you that they [the cybersecurity company] will start by evaluating the security baseline/ the current protections and policies that are in place to protect against cyber attacks. Then, the expert should come up with a plan for what still needs to be done; this may involve implementing a defense strategy that has various layers of defense throughout your IT system. This plan would include multiple overlapping security software such as a firewall, an anti-virus software, and an intrusion prevention system.
 
2. How Often Do You Test Your Cybersecurity Incident Response Plans? It's important for you to know how often your cybersecurity service is making sure that their response plans are working properly and are updated. Some specific questions to ask in regards to how often the company tests their incident response plans include:
 
● How will you inform us if there is a breach?
● At what point do you call law enforcement?
● How will you limit/stop the damage if a cyberattack does occur?
● How often do you update your software?
● What kind of software do you use?
 
Asking questions now will benefit you later as you will feel safe and secure in the event of a cyberattack; you will know you are in good hands.
 
3. How Do You Handle Cyber Risks From Vendors and Third-Parties? Unfortunately, many cyber attacks come from vendors and third parties, so it’s important that your cybersecurity company is only going to work with vendors and third parties that have the right security certifications. Be sure to ask what information/data that they will be sending vendors and third parties, as well as what kind of access vendors and third parties will have. 
 
4. How Protected Are You? How at Risk Are You? A cybersecurity company should of course utilize the services that they are selling to the public, therefore, you should ask how protected/ at risk the company is. It's important that you have a clear understanding of how well the company can protect itself and if it is susceptible to any vulnerabilities; the only way you can find that out is by asking. Likewise, inquire about the company's risk exposure to further decide if the company you are considering is worth you while.
 
Understanding Cybersecurity
 
As you choose which cybersecurity company to go with, be sure to do extensive research in order to find the company that is right for you and your needs. It's important to protect confidential information at all costs, no matter what kind of business you are.  
 
Be proactive and take the steps necessary to keep everything that is yours secure and safe; the first step is hiring a quality cybersecurity team.
 
About the Author: Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey
 
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