As the threat landscape grows in complexity and moves at a far greater pace, companies are now coming to realize that having a complete cybersecurity is practically impossible. Cyberattacks are not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
Many organizational infrastructures today are rapidly and intensely connected to the internet. Security managers are faced with more challenges on protecting data and applications against malicious attackers.
Making the shift to cyber resilience means businesses must think differently about how they build and implement their systems.
Being prepared for such attacks is what cyber resilience is all about. It consists of ensuring that business processes stay afloat and companies don’t lose money from being dysfunctional when a cyber incident happens.
For this, a number of measures need to be put in place that we will discuss with you later on. But first, it is necessary to understand the situation and, more specifically, the elements that differentiate cybersecurity from cyber resilience.
Businesses today must shift from a reactive approach to a proactive approach with cybersecurity. For that, we must place far more emphasis on making systems resilient, by being able to derive the necessary outcome out of all systems despite adverse cyber events. Preparing to face an adversary is at the very heart of cyber resilience.
For many years organizations have been focused on building layers of cybersecurity intended to detect threats and enable efficient responses. Although these systems are valuable, they reflect a dangerous approach: it’s the bad actors who set the pace of action. They are in power and the ball is always in their court.
Cyber resilience aims to change that. While it’s important to detect when a breach happens and mitigate its effects, it’s equally important to continually become harder to find, attack, and damage.
Cyber resilience is about designing systems so that even if cyberattacks occur, you can minimize their damage to your organization and ensure business continuity. In short, you move from waiting around for something to happen, to ensuring that when anything happens, it’s business as usual. This approach toward cybersecurity makes a lot of sense, especially today when the pandemic has us all working from home, with weakly secured networks and IT infrastructure we have less power over. A cyber resilient business would mean IT resilience.
Needless to say, there are a series of critical action steps businesses must take to march towards the path to cyber resilience.
Constructing a cyber resilient organization involves the following critical steps:
It is through a change of perspective on security that you will be able to move from cybersecurity to cyber resilience: no longer seen only as a set of preventive measures, it will also offer you powerful anticipatory capabilities. Engage in proactive defense to stay one step ahead of malicious actors in cyberspace.
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