The first principle and golden rule in this game is the king’s safety.

So, you are the king. The other pieces, such as, pawns, queen, rooks, bishops and knights represent your staff member, assets, security measures, processes, etc.

They work together to protect the king… your organisation.

The chess mindset

The whole purpose of this game is to analyse your current position and environment, the chessboard, to properly move and prepare yourself for the endgame.

Each piece has its own forces and weaknesses (that’s why it is important to Know Yourself). And with the power of vision, you’ll be able to see multiple moves ahead.

Every move must be done with intention. You move a piece because you want to defend your current position or prepare to attack.

Cybersecurity is like chess

The same concept applies for your cybersecurity. You decide to put security measures for a reason.

Each time you analyse your infrastructure and decide to put in place a measure, you are positioning yourself. You are getting closer to achieve a new state.

You predicted that an attacker might want this data or might enter by this door. Whatever it is, you are preparing to face a potential attack.

In chess, there are two playing styles. Tactical or Positional.

As you know, positional is good to build your defense and could be seen as measures to prevent and detect.

However, tactical is more difficult to play because it requires more knowledge. It’s an aggressive style and it can be seen as proactive measures to react quickly.

You will understand more about it in the next blog.

Mixing both styles into your day-to-day activities will massively increase your cybersecurity resilience. But positioning yourself takes time and effort.

It’s not done overnight; it’s done over the accumulation of small actions every day.

Taking daily actions

Day by day, you analyse your position and decide to move your pieces to level up.

Don’t forget that mistakes happen during your game, it’s part of it. But with the right vision you’ll avoid causing a blunder, which is a move that costs you a piece without an equal exchange.

But the beauty of this game is you keep learning how to strengthen your position for the future. And you avoid making blunders when a real attack occurs.

We can teach you how to become a master at this game.

Do you want to learn how?

Sincerely, The Cyber Twins

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