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Facing unrelenting pressure, many modern cybersecurity teams are stuck playing defense— only responding to threats once they’ve made themselves known. Often, this is due to understaffing, with organizations struggling to hire and retain qualified employees. This means teams have to function entirely in a reactionary mode, and while thinly stretched teams do their best to protect the organization, they remain at a distinct disadvantage compared to proactive teams.
Reactive cybersecurity means that an organization only responds when needed. It restricts the time available to identify weaknesses or shore up defenses, leaving organizations exposed to attackers who always seem one or two steps ahead. In an era when cybersecurity professionals are both overworked and in high demand, reactive cybersecurity can lead to more burnout and employee departures.
Alternatively, when organizations adopt a proactive approach to cybersecurity, they afford themselves the time to detect and remediate vulnerabilities before attackers can exploit them, drastically reducing the number of potential breaches they’ll face as well as the potential for a successful attack to cause lasting damage.
Plus, the ability to make significant and sustainable improvements to the organization’s defenses generates a sense of pride and accomplishment for many cybersecurity professionals.
But how can your security team get to the point where they’re ready to meet the challenge of today’s evolving threat landscape?
In this guide, you’ll learn what constitutes a proactive approach to cybersecurity, and discover how it can help reduce stress and raise morale within your organization.