As we become more dependent on technology than ever, every business must actively monitor and manage their ‘Cyber Resilience’ risk.
Cyber resilience refers to the ability of an organisation to withstand and recover from cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and other disruptions to critical infrastructure. In the face of increasingly sophisticated and frequent cyber threats, cyber resilience has become an essential aspect of any business.
The modern and recognised Cyber Resilience best practice requires 5 critical elements: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recovery.
The first step of a cyber resilience journey is to Identify and assess potential risks and vulnerabilities. This involves regularly conducting risk assessments and implementing measures (Protect) to reduce the likelihood of a successful attack. This can include things like implementing strong password policies, regularly updating software and security protocols, and training employees on how to identify and report suspicious activity.
Another important aspect of cyber resilience is the ability to quickly Detect and effectively Respond to a cyber-attack or other disruption. This requires ongoing real time monitoring and alerting and a well-defined incident response plan. The Recover stage requires the necessary tools and resources like backup systems and emergency communication protocols to reduce the time, disruption and cost of any breach or incident.
In addition to these technical measures, organisations also need to consider the role of their employees in maintaining cyber resilience. This means providing regular training and education on cybersecurity best practices, as well as fostering a culture of security awareness throughout the organisation.
Ultimately, achieving cyber resilience is an ongoing process that requires a combination of technical measures, organisational policies, and individual actions. By taking a proactive approach and regularly reviewing and updating their security measures, organisations can greatly reduce their risk of a successful cyber-attack and maintain the resilience needed to withstand and recover from any disruptions.
Where do I start?
If you are concerned about your cyber risk, or don’t know how much risk you are at, the best place to start is with a Cyber Assessment