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The Importance of Cyber Security Asset Management

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

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Cyber security asset management is a critical concern for any organization, regardless of its size or industry. For financial institutions (FIs), it’s vital due to the sensitive data and valuable assets they are entrusted to safeguard. While there are many aspects to consider in building a robust cybersecurity program, one crucial component is effective asset management.

Cyber security is a critical concern for any organization, regardless of its size or industry; however, for financial institutions (FIs), it’s vital due to the sensitive data and valuable assets they are entrusted to safeguard. While there are many aspects to consider in building a robust cyber security program, one crucial component is effective asset management.

Cyber security asset management is the process of identifying, tracking, and managing all the assets within an organization’s network to ensure security and compliance with industry regulations. It involves creating an inventory of all the assets, categorizing them based on importance, and implementing measures to protect them from potential threats. Effective cyber security asset management helps organizations identify vulnerabilities, assess risks, and respond to security incidents more efficiently.

Asset management plays a critical role in cyber security because of its ability to facilitate a variety of essential functions: risk assessment, vulnerability management, access control, incident response, and regulatory compliance. Let’s take a detailed look at how asset management supports these five areas and why they are important to your network and its security:

  • Risk Management: Knowing all the assets in your network will allow for a comprehensive risk assessment. This aids in identifying potential vulnerabilities, weak points, and areas where security measures need to be reinforced.
  • Vulnerability Management: Effective asset management helps in keeping up with software versions, patch levels, and updates. This ensures that security patches are being applied promptly, thus reducing the window of opportunity for attackers to target known vulnerabilities.
  • Access Control: Understanding the devices and software within your network helps in implementing access controls. It aids in the management of permissions and helps ensure that only authorized devices/users have access to your organization’s critical resources.
  • Incident Response: In the event of a security incident or, even worse, a breach, you will want to have a detailed inventory of the assets in your organization’s network. This will help you identify compromised assets, isolate the affected areas, and containthe breach more effectively.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Many regulations and standards of cybersecurity require organizations to maintain an inventory of assets. Asset management demonstrates compliance with the regulations when you’re able to provide an accurate record of what assets are in use and how they are secured.

When it comes to asset management, it is not enough to just have a list of the assets; it must be effective, and proper naming conventions are important! When an asset name is observed, an individual should be able to know what the asset is and where it belongs. It helps your financial institution identify, protect, detect, respond to, and recover from potential threats and security incidents.

A completed asset inventory list or sheet should include the following information:

  • What assets you have
  • Where they are
  • What their values are
  • When they were built or bought
  • What their expected life cycles are

Effective asset management is a vital component of a robust cybersecurity program for FIs; therefore, it is essential to prioritize this process. By doing so, FIs can strengthen their cyber risk readiness and posture to better protect their networks and systems from cyber threats.

Desrah Kraft

Cyber Threat Intelligence Engineer

Desrah Kraft is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Engineer at DefenseStorm. For the past three years, she has played a vital role in leading and contributing to various Incident Response efforts. Before transitioning into cybersecurity, Desrah obtained a bachelor’s degree from Mitchell College and worked for 7 years in law enforcement. This experience helped her cultivate a comprehensive understanding of security principles and investigative practices. An accomplished cybersecurity professional with 4 years of hands-on experience in analyzing malware and extensive expertise in safeguarding digital landscapes against malicious threats, Desrah possesses an unparalleled ability to dissect complex cyber threats, identify their origins, and implement effective countermeasures. Additionally, she holds multiple MITRE certifications, which demonstrate her mastery of advanced threat detection and mitigation techniques. Recognized for her keen eye for anomalies and proactive approach, Desrah excels in Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), enabling rapid identification, investigation, and containment of potential breaches. Committed to continuous growth and learning, Desrah remains at the forefront of cybersecurity, dedicated to fortifying digital infrastructures and inspiring others in the field.