The cybersecurity score is an important tool for building a business’s reputation. In addition to bringing important insights on how to improve vulnerabilities in the digital environment, the resource reinforces its position in relation to the requirements of partner companies that are more advanced in the field of digital security — in addition to showing the competent authorities its concern with the protection of data from your customers.
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Who explains all this is Marcelo Mendes Santos, CISO IT manager at NEO, a customer experience company. The expert also reinforces that, by adopting the score, the company will have more data to pave an efficient information security plan and will provide IT and security teams with more accurate information on the digital environment, reliable data to defend investments, identify bottlenecks in processes and propose improvements to the operation.
Check out the main questions about the cybersecurity score below.
Understand what the cybersecurity score is
What is it?
According to Santos, the cybersecurity score is a score used to attest to the level of digital security that a company has reached and its level of protection in the virtual environment.
How it works?
This index is assigned based on a set of good practices, as shown on the Internet. The metric covers all the structural dimensions that make up the digital security aspects of the business.
With this tool, the manager has access to measurable and reliable data that allows a better view of the security tools applied, the points that make servers vulnerable and other evidence that can be configured as a threat.
Because it’s important?
Neo’s manager explains that security applied to the B2B (business to business) market is particularly demanding and has a cut-off point, as managers increasingly prioritize companies with a security certificate when closing a deal.
Considering the advancement of the General Law for the Protection of Personal Data (LGPD) and, at the same time, the increase in cases of digital crimes, companies need to have strict and assertive criteria regarding the security of their customers’ data, in order to reduce losses in a possible adverse situation.
“Regardless of your company’s level of maturity in relation to the subject, you must always bear in mind that cybersecurity really needs to be part of the internal culture, as achieving the dreamed high score is not an easy task”, says Santos.
How is the assessment done?
The score is measured using an automated tool that assigns scores from 0 to 100 on the company’s good practices in terms of cybersecurity.
The feature maps the monitored company’s domains on the following points: the existence of malware campaigns associated with the domain; meeting specific compliance requirements; the adoption and validity of digital certificates; the points of vulnerability of the network; updating servers, among others.
five good practices
As Santos mentions, for those who want to achieve a good score, or simply maintain (or increase) the achieved index, it is necessary to include five good practices in the routine, which are:
“There is no more room for indifference when we talk about digital security. With the cybersecurity score, you make sure that business continuity is an essential part of your planning, and maintain the full development of your organization’s business”, he concludes. Marcelo Mendes Santos.