Cyber defense is a nuanced concept that covers a wide range of techniques that your organization needs to limit its liability. But where does cyber resiliency fit in this structure? What is cyber resiliency? Is it really needed if your organization already has a reliable cybersecurity policy?
We’ll be answering those questions and more below—assisting you in creating the most comprehensive solution for your business.
What is cyber resiliency?
While cyber defense strategies primarily focus on helping you to avoid cyber attacks, cyber resiliency strategies help you to support your organization in the event of the “worst case.” Focusing on both sides of defense is critical, helping you to have the most comprehensive strategy possible.
86% of surveyed business leaders stated that they have a cyber-resilience program in place, according to InfoSec Magazine. If you haven’t already developed this area of your cybersecurity landscape, we’re here to encourage you—there’s no time like the present.
What are the main “categories” of a cyber resiliency strategy?
While resiliency in the cyber world is fairly complex, it can be boiled down to “main categories” and simplified—allowing project managers and executives to tackle one area of need at a time. Some of the most important include:
- Operations and functionality: No one can truly predict when and where a breach will occur. Having plans in place for the ongoing function of every part of your business is key to avoiding lost clients and long-term brand damage. Plan collaboratively with managers and supervisors in each area of focus to get the most out of this step.
- The “human” element: While cybersecurity deals primarily with machines and cyberspace, there is still a human element. Compliance, incident reporting and ongoing training are key to maintaining successful production within your organization, even in the event of a cyberattack.
- Marketing and branding: Breaches happen—but if left unaddressed, they can have serious implications for your brand awareness and identity. Having a plan in place to address cybersecurity concerns in a transparent and comprehensive way can help you to rebuild your brand image quickly.
- Standard operating procedures (SOPs): Are your department heads aware of how to handle a breach that affects their department? Standard operating procedures should be created prior to the start of a breach, allowing your team to move forward in a unified direction. If you don’t have any at the time of the attack to reference, make this a prioritized step in your cyber resiliency plan.
Develop a personalized cyber resiliency plan
Looking for support developing your firm’s cyber resiliency strategy? Connect with the team at CHIPS today to create a personalized solution that meets your specific needs. For more information and to get started today, give us a call at 651.407.8555. We’re here to help.