Asset management is ensuring the documentation of all organizational resources, both tangible and intangible. Successful companies must understand the need to create an inventory of everything that they do for business. Without effective asset management, any organization's cybersecurity plan is missing a critical component. How can you keep your IT resources secure if you don't know precisely what are in these systems, like outdated software and hardware. Make sure you complete this critical first step.
Patching, or "fixing" a system is another critical step to ensure your systems are secure. Once you have identified all systems, the next step is to ensure they are all patched appropriately. A patch can update a component of the operating system or software, where there may have been an issue or vulnerability present. Attackers will always use known vulnerabilities to infiltrate systems, so make sure your systems are patched.
It is critical to secure your online accounts by using password management software. The issue remains where you have countless logins and only a limited amount of memory in your head, so password re-use without a password manager occurs very frequently. Make sure you use a master password with secured 2FA, and randomize all of your remaining passwords for maximum security.