Once again, 2016 was a noteworthy year for cybersecurity. With major data breaches affecting millions of customers and companies from the IRS, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Yahoo! and beyond. According to ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Research report, organizations increased cybersecurity funding in 39% of cases, and professionals implemented new access controls at the same rate.

Enterprises often struggle to identify and prioritize the most pressing security concerns and threats. John Dasher, VP of Marketing at Niara, a security analytics firm, said staying on top of privacy risks can help organizations address one of the bigger cybersecurity blind spots in today's world. "Having continuously updated risk profiles for users, hosts, IPs, applications and such allow the security team to prioritize their efforts and get in front of issues before they fully erupt."

Now we all know, the longer it takes to detect and contain a data breach, the more costly it becomes to resolve. And according to the 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study from the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach is $4 million and growing.

How prepared is your organization for the changing cybersecurity landscape in 2017?

In partnership with RSA Conference, SearchSecurity.com created a 16-page e-guide on improving cybersecurity and mitigating risks in 2017 entitled, “Strengthen your Cybersecurity Readiness: Your Expert Guide to Eliminate Cybersecurity Blind Spots” from security thought leaders including Peter Sullivan, CISSP, Founding Member of InfoSecure Solutions, LLC and Sean Martin, CISSP, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at ITPSmagazine. This e-guide was created for IT and security professionals to prepare for the upcoming RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco on February 13-17 as it features content that aligns well with industry trends and the RSAC agenda tracks.

As the cybersecurity risk landscape becomes more sophisticated and disastrous, organizations need to be ready to act in the face of security incidents and cyberattacks. But don’t worry, security expert Peter Sullivan is here to help as he reveals seven cybersecurity objectives that must be accomplished for an organization to be considered cybersecurity ready.

Organizations must possess Peter’s seven elements of cybersecurity to achieve a high degree of situational awareness into network operation and network utilization.

Peter also contributes a 4-step outline for enterprises on how to build a cybersecurity plan.

Additionally, companies are working to identify and close the cybersecurity blind spot gap but are finding a lack of visibility beyond core security logs. As threats become more complex, distributed and mobile, it’s unlikely CISOs will be able to manage all things cybersecurity solely through internal means.

Security veteran Sean Martin, connects with several cybersecurity experts and CISOs from leading organizations including, Baxter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Virginia Tech, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, and more as they offer insight into some of the hidden risks and vulnerabilities they've discovered, as well as some of the more persistent and growing threats to enterprise security.

With increased complexity and a big shift to the cloud, companies will need greater security measures to protect against threats.

Get ready. Prepare your organization for the upcoming 2017 cybersecurity landscape and download your free expert guide today.

Happy reading!

This e-guide was created by SearchSecurity. We are a global media partner with RSA Conference, partnering on premier events to help security practitioners at organizations of all sizes improve cybersecurity and data protection and reduce risk. Through the content of this guide, and by attending RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco February 13-17, we’ll help you prepare and plan a successful security strategy for the years ahead.