Cyber resilience or cybernetic resistance is a rapidly growing concept that covers up the security of information, commercial processes, and the IT Infrastructure.
Because of the outrageous increase of cyberattack’s capacity and popularity, you should apply this concept before hackers reach your company’s assets.
I’ll explain everything to prove that Cyber Resilience is the Cybersecurity you need for 2020.
What Exactly is Cyber Resilience and Why is it Important
To apply it to your company, you must first know what exactly the concept means, and why it is so important.
In short terms, cyber resilience is your capacity to prepare, respond, and recover back from cyberattacks (if it happens), to maintain an intact workflow during and after the incidents.
We could say it’s like a response plan for emergency situations. And having one in place now is not an option now. It’s a must, at least if you want to keep your business alive.
From now you can either try to ignore the threat or follow what professional IT experts say: Be prepared as if you knew hackers would eventually get into your pockets.
But this is what it is said about cybersecurity.
So, after all, how does it differ from cyber resilience?
Differences Between Cyber Resilience and Cybersecurity
The differences between cyber resilience and cybersecurity rely on the produced results.
|Keep hackers out||Response if they get in|
|Reduces chances and risks of exploitation||Maintains operations during critical events|
|Can work as one, alone||Adds up. Complements other systems|
In short, cybersecurity is primarily about protecting, and cyber-resilience is about surviving and thriving when that protection fails, as it inevitably will at some point in time.
So, cyber resilience should be treated as a replacement to cybersecurity?
No, cyber resilience works along with cybersecurity. One improves the other, and both function properly.
How does Cyber Resilience Work (5-Steps Strategy)
Now you know that the objective of cyber resilience is to harden online defenses in the toughest times, counteracting human error, and all software or hardware vulnerabilities.
But how can you put in practice, exactly?
Here’s a brief 5-steps Strategy to strategize cyber resilience successfully:
- Identify: Study and understand every part of your company, to trace clear guidelines of “what to X, if Y happens.”
- Detect: Continuously monitor for risks and failures on system networks and devices (even those from internal or external sources).
- Protect: Manage possible data leakage or other significant damaging violations.
- Respond: Guarantee the continuity of your business by following the guidelines.
- Recover: Your cyber resilience strategy should always end up by confirming it is finally over and recovering lost or damaged parts of your business.
As you can see, one can’t replace the other. It only adds up as an emergency response plan.
Before implementing it: do you know which threats do cyber resilience protects you from?
Main Cyber Resilience Threats & Benefits
There are three main threats that you can get rid by implementing cyber resilience:
- Cybercrime: They form a general group of online crimes capable of ruining someone’s reputation and physical or mental health. Malware and Phishing are here.
- Hacktivism: Digital attacks with the purpose of protesting for social justice. While it seems and sounds good, it’s not that much when you are the victim of typosquatting, data leakages and DoS/DDoS targeted attacks.
- Cyber Espionage: Exactly as in person, this practice seeks to steal valuable information. In the online world, spyware tools are the go-to.
Although not everything is grey colors.
Cyber resilience strategies serve a great of benefits before, during, and after a cyberattack event.
- Overall Improvement in Cybersecurity Architecture: When your teams put Cyber resilience in place, it might also reveal new angles of protection to improve the cybersecurity architecture as a whole.
- Save money: Not even a millionaire investment in your cybersecurity systems can protect you from a new, little-known hacking attempt. Take into account that the average loss per attack goes around $4 million.
- Improved Work Culture and IT Processes: The game of cyber resilience is better played along with other people. Each and every employee has an important role inside to guarantee a proper response to incoming incidents.
If this is taken as seriously as it should, not only the team establishes an increased sense of participation and responsibility, but it also supports a unique with IT daily operations.
- Well-Protected Reputation: A cyberattack can strike down irreversibly your company’s reputation in minutes. Governments know this very well. This is why the European Union has established the RGPD laws, California the CCPA, Florida the FIPA, and New York the SHIELD act.
Therefore, this translates into higher trust from clients and providers.
They will only want to work and buy from companies that truly lets them sleep at night.
Want to Improve Yours?
After all, we’re all humans. And we humans, commit a lot of mistakes.
This is why the probably only way to reach a high-class level of cyber resilience of your organization is, to be fully aware of how breaches happen exactly.
You can visit our Blog to learn about each and every threat that wanders through the World Wide Web.
Remember that cyber resilience DON’T replaces cybersecurity. They complement it, adds up to get a much higher chance of securing your company’s assets when this goes wrong.