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04-Week “#Cyber First – ACE”

04 - Week “Cyber First - ACE”

The goal of this theme is to emphasize Cyber First policy for the organization irrespective of size and type. Spending on cybersecurity is not an expense, but rather, should be considered as an investment. Cybersecurity is an asset that increases the networth of your organization. It is difficult to build an organization that is cyber secure, because it involves a whole lot of moving parts interconnected both internally and externally. Welcome to Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE)!

Why ACE?

In this day and age, employees are more connected than ever. The hybrid workplace is here to stay, and for employees, this means relying on connected devices from their home office setups. According to recent data, smart home systems are set to rise to a market value of $157 billion by 2023, and the number of installed connected devices in the home is expected to rise by a staggering 70% by 2025. In this new normal where smart devices and consequently online safety are a must. Some of the safety issues to be considered are:

Smart devices need smart security

Make cybersecurity a priority when purchasing a connected device. When setting up a new device, be sure to set up the privacy and security settings on web services and devices bearing in mind that you can limit who you are sharing information with. Once your device is set up, remember to keep tabs on how secure the information is that you store on it, and to actively manage location services so as not to unwittingly expose your location.

Never use public computers to log in to any accounts

While working from home, you may be tempted to change scenery and work from a coffee shop or another type of public space. While this is a great way to keep the day from becoming monotonous, caution must be exercised to protect yourself and your company from harm’s way. Make sure that security is top of mind always, and especially while working in a public setting, by keeping activities as generic and anonymous as possible.

Put cybersecurity first in your job

Make cybersecurity a priority when you are brought into a new role. Good online hygiene should be part of any organization’s onboarding process, but if it is not, then take it upon yourself to exercise best practices to keep your company safe. Some precautions include performing regular software updates, and enabling MFAs.

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle

The uncomfortable truth is, when WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they can connect and track your whereabouts. To stay as safe as possible, if you do not need them, switch them off. It’s a simple step that can help alleviate tracking concerns and incidents.

What is Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE)?

Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE) is a broad system built to optimize prevention, detection, and response. It protects the new reality of interconnected business systems, and defends against the shifting cyberattack landscape that now combines automation with live human hacking. This concept was developed and built by Sophos to integrate its products and services into a comprehensive solution that addresses the evolving world of interconnected systems.


The exhibit above displays the Sophos landscape in terms of its product range, services and extended reach to its labs and data lake.

Not everybody uses Sophos, but everybody can use a similar representation to build ACE for their organization on the lines of what Step Ahead has shown below:

Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem


Leveraging the power of automation and analysts to enable the shift from security management to security operations. Automation can analyze and react faster to behaviors and events, while human analysts are better at correlating multiple suspicious signals and interpreting their meaning. ACE was built to protect the interconnectedness of our businesses and online world. It protects systems and data wherever they exist, and constantly learns and improves to protect future shifts in technology and attacks.