Secure Start: Crafting Your Cyber Armor for a Resilient New Year!

News and information from the Advent IM team.

  • by Olivia Lawlor-Blackburn
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It is the time of year when we turn over a new leaf and try to put plans in place to improve ourselves in the coming year. 2024 could be the year you get your arms around Governance, Risk and Compliance and related security needs! We have some ideas to get you started into a much more resilient new year… 

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): 

Strengthen your organisation’s defences by adopting multi-factor authentication across all systems and applications, adding an extra layer of security beyond just passwords. 

Regularly Update and Patch Systems: 

Commit to a proactive approach to maintaining the security of your systems by regularly updating and patching software and applications. This helps in closing vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber threats. 

Conduct Security Awareness Training: 

Invest in educating your employees about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices. Human error is a common entry point for cyberattacks, and informed employees can serve as a crucial line of defence. 

Perform Regular Security Audits and Assessments: 

Schedule regular security audits and assessments to identify and address potential weaknesses in your organisation’s security infrastructure. This proactive measure helps in staying ahead of emerging threats. 

Establish an Incident Response Plan: 

Develop a robust incident response plan that outlines clear procedures to be followed in the event of a security breach. This ensures a swift and organised response to mitigate potential damage. 

Enhance Data Privacy Measures: 

Evaluate and strengthen data privacy measures, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. Safeguarding sensitive data is crucial for maintaining trust with clients, customers, and partners. 

Invest in Advanced Threat Detection and Response: 

Deploy advanced threat detection and response solutions to quickly identify and mitigate cybersecurity threats. Proactive monitoring can significantly reduce the impact of potential breaches. 

Secure Remote Work Environments: 

With remote work becoming more prevalent, ensure that your organisation’s remote environments are securely configured. Implement secure access controls, encrypted connections, and regular security check-ins for remote employees. 

Business Continuity, Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning: 

Regularly back up critical data and develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. This ensures that your organisation can quickly recover from data loss or system failures, minimizing downtime. 

Collaborate with Security Experts: 

Consider engaging with external cybersecurity experts or consultants to gain insights into industry best practices, emerging threats, and tailored security solutions for your organisation. 


By incorporating these security resolutions into your organisation’s New Year plan, you can significantly enhance your cybersecurity posture and better protect against evolving threats in the digital landscape.  

Come on, it’s better than a diet that won’t last into February.! 

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