If you’re looking for the best way to make your business cyber resilient, then read on. We’ve compiled a list of tips to get you started on your journey to being a cyber resilient business that will protect you from common cyber security threats and attacks, and in the long run save you time, stress and most importantly; money.
Cyber security means reducing your risk of a cyber attack on all fronts, but being cyber resilient is your ability to bounce back from such an attack. Being cyber resilient means your business is fully prepared to respond to, and can quickly recover from a cyber incident that would normally disrupt day-to-day business operations. There are a number of steps you can (and should) take to prepare your organisation that effectively minimise any fallout you might experience in the event of an attack.
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The top 5 Ways You can be a Cyber Resilient Business
Understand and Assess Risk
Take the time to know the ins and outs of your cyber security status, what type of cyber threats are you vulnerable to, and the level of risk you’re exposed to. Be proactive about your cyber security and have a comprehensive understanding of cyber risks. In the (hopefully unlikely) case of any cyber incident, this means you’ve already got one foot forward instead of scrambling to figure out what’s going on, you can immediately move to respond and contain the potential data breach.
Follow Cyber Security Best Practice
Being cyber resilient means you need to adopt a set of official policies and procedures regarding your cyber security, manage access and privileges, ensure that all employees understand the gravity of cyber security and the fallout of a data breach. If everyone personally feels responsible for cyber security, they will take all the right steps to protect the business. Research and implement the best framework to suit your needs.
Business Continuity Plan
Your organisation should have a business continuity plan in place from the start, as this is a vital component of being cyber resilient. Every business should (and likely does) have a business continuity plan, but may not necessarily have thought to include a section on cyber incidents. Having this in place provides you with an action plan you can immediately follow to start handling the incident and get your business back on track without any drawn-out delays and interruptions to daily work.
Control and Manage External Devices
It’s important to keep track of all external devices that are being utilised in connection to your business. With a growing culture of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), it’s critical to ensure you’re not increasing your risk of exposure. This includes all laptops, mobile phones and tablets. If possible, on company-issued devices, arrange for restricted functionality that is limited to necessary tasks and access. Be sure to implement remote-control management on such devices so that in the event of an incident, you are able to wipe them as necessary and prevent data falling into the wrong hands.
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Being cyber resilient is not just about preventing an attack, as an attack can come no matter what protections you have in place. But having cyber insurance is a significant step towards being cyber resilient, as you have already factored the financial cost of a breach. Many businesses simply won’t be able to afford the huge financial strain of an attack and all that follows, so find a cyber insurance plan that meets the needs and risks of your business, to give yourself that breathing room.
Sadly, at this time in our flourishing technological age, we must assume that an attack will eventually come. You are at the greatest risk possible when you think about cyber attacks in terms of “if” not “when”. Ensuring that your business is cyber resilient is crucial to keeping your business in the best possible shape to respond to and recover from a cyber incident. If the policies, framework and cyber security protocols are your metaphorical moat and fortress, then being cyber resilient means that in the unlikely event that your walls are breached, your team is ready-at-arms to contain, eliminate and get back to business.
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