Cyber resilience is the ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from cyberattacks. This can include a set of policies and procedures that will help mitigate risk during normal operations within the processes and workflows of an organization.
An organization with true cyber resilience can quickly get back to business as usual following any incident that is out of the ordinary. This can include, for example, a cybersecurity incident, business errors that put data and assets in danger, or even the current coronavirus pandemic.
It’s important to keep in mind that cyber resilience is an ongoing effort that relies on people, processes and technology. It helps an organization protect against cyber risks, defend against and limit the severity of attacks, and ensure its continued survival if attacked.
How can cyber resilience be achieved? Here are four key steps to consider.
Begin by identifying, assessing and managing the risks that are associated with network and information systems, including risks that exist across the supply chain. Such risks can include unpatched technology, untrusted certificates, assets not protected by a Web Application Firewall misconfigured servers and more.
It’s not enough to check cyber posture a few times a year. Since new threats are introduced all the time, it’s important to continuously monitor your network and information systems, as well as your suppliers’ systems. Doing so will allow you to detect anomalies and potential cybersecurity incidents before they can cause any significant damage.
What happens if your organization becomes the victim of a cyberattack? To address this question, you should prepare an incident response management program. With a plan, you can help ensure business continuity for your organization.
Your plan can include:
Steps to achieve cyber resilience should be overseen from the top of the organization and built right into the business. It should include:
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