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September 14, 2023

Mastering cyber operations and running a best-in-class security program with Cutover

The beginning: Cyber security chaos

In the dynamic world of cyber security, the ability to withstand cyber threats and emerge stronger and more secure is the hallmark of a truly resilient organization. This journey towards cyber resilience and robust recovery isn't just a technical endeavor; it's an art form.

Cutover was formed from the chaos that surrounds technology operations complexity. Our founding team witnessed first-hand how uncertainty and inconsistency can lead to inefficiencies, disorder and confusion.

In this first in a series of posts, I’ll unveil the strategic roadmap to mastering cyber recovery and operational excellence.

Fostering a culture of cyber security

Running a cyber security program is not just about safeguarding data; it's about fostering a culture of trust and responsibility within a business. A robust cyber security program becomes the foundation of a company's integrity. It sends a powerful message to employees and partners alike, demonstrating a commitment to protecting not only sensitive information but also the values and reputation of the organization.

By prioritizing cyber security, a business helps employees feel secure, valued, and accountable, fostering a culture of diligence, ethical behavior, and resilience in the face of adversity.

How we use Cutover internally for cyber security

At Cutover, we believe in “drinking our own Champagne” - we immerse ourselves in the experience of using our own product to address challenges. This practice allows us to truly understand Cutover's nuances, strengths, and areas that demand refinement.

Much like the connoisseur who discerns the subtle notes and complexities of fine Champagne, we delve deep into our software, identifying opportunities for optimization and innovation.

The Cutover Collaborative Automation platform is versatile. As Cutover's Chief Information Security Officer, I understand the importance of having a single source of truth and execution within our organization. Business resilience and operational excellence require multiple preventative and recovery methods.

Using Cutover, my team and I have built powerful cyber-related templates that provide consistency and confidence. We use well-known, battle-tested frameworks to align our security readiness and preparedness plans to NIST's SP 800-61 Security Handling Framework, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) data breach guidance, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Cutover's flexibility allows us to create cyber recovery plans based on geographical and industry guidelines and ensure consistent recovery through planning, testing, collaboration and execution.

The evolution of Cutover for cyber security

As a CISO and Co-founder, I've seen how the Cutover platform has evolved. From representing simple workflows to complex automated runbooks involving multiple systems, integrations, services, API and human touchpoints.

As part of this evolution, we introduced Cutover into our security program. Security teams require continuous access to accurate and consistent information.  At Cutover my team has pre-approved automated runbooks that provide clarity, guidance, and a point of reference during the turbulence of a cyber security incident. Consolidating and codifying critical security information and processes into a single, authoritative source provides a unified view of our cyber security posture.

These runbooks enable efficient incident response and informed decision-making. It also helps eliminate the confusion often attributed to fragmented data sources and multiple security tools. The Cutover Collaborative Automation platform allows my security team to report regulatory compliance quickly and accurately. It also ensures transparency across tasks for stakeholders, ultimately empowering our security teams to enhance our overall cyber resilience and recovery processes decisively.

How Cutover can help you with cyber security

I'm very proud to see how Cutover has evolved and continues to provide actionable insights and a platform to build culture and support strong cyber security principles.

If you're interested in learning more about how we use Cutover and how it can help build a consistent cyber recovery posture for your organization, please reach out to the Cutover team here.

Craig Gregory
Cyber recovery
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