Since cybersecurity is a critical issue that will span your entire company, it must start at the highest levels. Your strategy should have a mandate from the senior level team members to ensure everyone is on board and knows how critical cybersecurity is to your organization. A high-ranking senior member of your company should be the lead, someone who has the authority to make important decisions and implement them. Ideally, you’ll have someone in a role such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in charge of your security strategy, as they’ll have a solid understanding of both the needs of your company as well as the areas of risk and resources necessary to secure them.

Another key to an effective cybersecurity strategy is taking care to cover all of your bases. While numerous obvious areas need to be addressed for the sake of protecting your data, it’s far too easy to overlook something that could come back to haunt you down the road. That’s why it’s essential for you to put together a comprehensive list your business’s technology that needs to be covered by your cybersecurity strategy. A good way to prepare for this is by conducting a thorough audit of all of the hardware and software used in your company.

You’ve put in the time and energy to create and implement your cybersecurity strategy. Sure, take a moment to acknowledge your hard work and celebrate the completion of a massive and critically important project, but understand your work is not done. Perhaps the biggest key to a successful cybersecurity strategy is not resting on your laurels; it should be an ongoing, never-ending process. Rather than letting your guard down, always be proactive by conducting regular reviews and audits to identify any risks and ensure compliance.