Support Cybersecurity Efforts With Resiliency Planning

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Cybersecurity threats are becoming increasingly challenging to tackle. The recent global WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks offer a harsh reminder to businesses of the importance of establishing a proactive, integrated cyber resiliency plan that aligns information security, business continuity and organizational resilience.

Developing a Plan

According to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, 66 percent of enterprises cite insufficient planning and preparedness as the top barriers against achieving cyber resiliency, IBM reports.

The first step toward achieving cyber resiliency is to assess your organization’s resiliency needs and develop a plan that evaluates potential threats. This assessment should examine your infrastructure design, service and system management processes to equip teams to develop an environment that is scalable, always-on, security-rich, manageable, flexible and reliable across all company operations.

Preparing Backups

The rise of the ransomware cybersecurity threats have made it even more important to create and maintain effective backups. With backups in place, companies that fall victim to ransomware can restore their data without submitting to extortion costs. To prevent ransomware companies from seeking out backups, enterprises should make sure their backups are entirely disconnected from accessible parts of the network by backing up data to physical disks that are stored remotely.

Businesses can also achieve resiliency by investing in backup services that provide a range of on-site, off-site and hybrid cloud-based data protection solutions. These services help companies reduce risk, avoid data loss and prevent downtime. And because they’re provided on a subscription basis, they can also reduce the total cost of ownership of backup technology.

Establishing Disaster Recovery

Should a cybersecurity disaster occur, it’s crucial for businesses to be able to recover normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible. To achieve cyber resiliency, enterprises must effectively manage business continuity. Working across public cloud, private cloud and on-premise workloads, resiliency orchestration services can help organizations simplify disaster recovery management and reduce cybersecurity risk, as well as minimizing both cost and disaster recovery testing time. A centralized dashboard and built-in analytics can highlight problems to reduce costly downtime leading to lost revenue, damaged reputations and penalties for regulatory noncompliance.

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About The Author

Fran Howarth

Freelance Writer

Fran Howarth is an industry analyst and writer specializing in cybersecurity. She has worked within the security technology sector for more than 25 years in an advisory capacity as an analyst, consultant and writer. Fran focuses on the business needs for security technologies, with a focus on emerging technology sectors. Current areas of focus include... Read More