The foundation of any effective cybersecurity strategy is identifying your risks

How identifying your risk builds a strong foundation

The Identify function of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) is key to getting the necessary insights to tailor security measures, allocate resources efficiently, and develop a resilient cybersecurity strategy. By engaging in certain activities, your organization can lay a strong foundation to assess and understand your unique cybersecurity risks, critical enterprise processes, and assets.

A complete understanding of your cybersecurity posture for a safer, more effective organization

This first step, identify, is critical to the success of the overall framework. It lets us understand your business environment, the resources that support critical functions, and any related cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Once we understand your risks in the context of your business needs, we can successfully devise a strategy that mitigates risks without compromising your abilities to achieve your goals.


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Activities to identify your risks

If you are looking to improve your organization’s cybersecurity posture, the NIST CSF Identify function is a great place to start. Here are the activities involved in this function:

Identify critical enterprise processes and assets

This involves identifying the organization’s most important assets and processes, such as its financial data, customer information, and intellectual property.

Document information flows

This involves understanding how information flows through the organization, both internally and between the organization and its partners. This will help organizations identify any potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers.

Maintain hardware and
software inventory

This involves keeping track of all of the hardware and software that is used by the organization, including its operating systems, applications, and network devices. This helps companies track changes to the environment and identify any vulnerabilities that may be introduced by new or updated software.

Establish policies for cybersecurity that include roles and responsibilities

This involves creating policies that define the organization’s cybersecurity requirements and the roles and responsibilities of different individuals and groups within the organization.

Identify threats, vulnerabilities, and risks to assets

This involves identifying the threats that the organization faces, the vulnerabilities that its assets have, and the risks that these threats and vulnerabilities pose to the organization. This information can be used to prioritize security efforts and develop appropriate controls.

Is SanTrac Technologies right for your business?

You’re in the right place if you’ve ever said:

A cyberattack happens every 39 seconds,* which means it’s just a matter of time before a cybercriminal targets your business.

A cyberattack costs companies $200,000 (on average),* which is why upgrading your cyberdefenses with SanTrac will pay for itself again and again. What will not upgrading them cost you?

*University of Maryland/CNBC

Our SonicWall certified cybersecurity specialists will set up and fully manage everything. We’ll tailor the most effective solutions to your needs and goals to keep your digital assets safe and your business compliant. Backed by 24/7 monitoring, proactive maintenance, and performance reviews, we’ll keep you protected on the ever-changing threat landscape, while you focus on running your business.

Partnering with SanTrac means you get enterprise-grade cyberdefenses at SMB-friendly prices. So whether you’re a small business or large organization, we have all the solutions and expertise to keep you safe and a flat monthly fee to benefit your balance sheet.

Comprehensive solutions and services to meet any and all of your
security needs, including:


Security Assessments

Comprehensive, ongoing evaluations of your business and IT environment allow us to identify and minimize your risks


Email Security

Comprehensive, ongoing evaluations of your business and IT environment allow us to identify and minimize your risks


Backup & Disaster

Comprehensive, ongoing evaluations of your business and IT environment allow us to identify and minimize your risks


Dark Web Monitoring

Proactive scanning, real-time alerts, and other intelligence capabilities help stop your private information from being exploited


User Training

Up to date, practical knowledge and skills help your staff use technology safely and eliminate threats


24/7 Network Monitoring

Advanced firewalls, strict user access controls, 24/7 intrusion monitoring and prevention, and more to protect you at the perimeter