How to Achieve Cyber Resilience at the Enterprise Level

Written by Jim Tapscott
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Cyber Resilience

Cyber resilience means an organization's ability to prepare for and learn from cyber incidents. 

Cyber resilience helps enterprise organizations remain ready and poised in the face of threats that could disrupt business operations. Cyber resilience is a necessity today, given our collective reliance on Internet-connected systems and services that are under near-constant threat from attacks.

What can organizations do to develop and hone cyber resilience? Organizations must have the right infrastructure, awareness, training, policies, and active approaches to cybersecurity issues. That is how to achieve cyber resilience at the enterprise level.

Here are a few steps organizations can take.

1. Integrated Risk Assessment

You want to understand the organization's unique risk profile by completing a comprehensive risk assessment across systems, applications, locations, and functions. This assessment needs to identify the ways that bad actors could target data, systems, and operations. Those risks must then be evaluated on the basis of likelihood and ranked accordingly. This assessment needs to also consider risks from insiders (whether intentional or unintentional), and outside vendors or suppliers. 

2. Risk Mitigation

Once those risks have been identified and ranked, it is necessary to develop solutions to each potential risk. Those solutions must be priced and given a timeframe for implementation. With a ranked list of risks and priced solutions in hand, the enterprise can determine which solutions to implement when and evaluate those solutions once they are in place. Diligence is needed to maintain these assessments and solutions development as the risks change constantly.

An effective cybersecurity plan includes policies, training, and risk identification and mitigation.

3. Protect Systems and Devices

System hygiene is essential. That means having a plan for inventorying the devices that can access the system and having a well-developed policy for who has access to what data and systems. Software hosted on enterprise systems also should be tracked and monitored to ensure unwanted programs are removed or blocked.

Policies need to be in place to ensure devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers are configured for maximum security considerations. Employees should be well versed in how to protect their devices from being a waypoint for a cyber attack.

This work involves comprehensive training on security issues for employees, suppliers, contractors, and vendors. Cyber resilience is in many ways the collective efforts of an organization and its people to remain vigilant, aware, and responsive.

4. Planning for Incidents

Cyber resilience means having the right plans in place. Risk management policies and plans need to provide comprehensive guidance and processes to follow. Incident response plans identify the triggers and definitions of a cyber incident, after which remedies can be enacted.

Business continuity plans are another key component to planning, ensuring that enterprise operations are not adversely affected and any impacts are minimized. Crisis communications plans also ensure that key stakeholders, customers, consumers, and employees are aware of the scope of issues and remediation efforts. These plans should be tested frequently and reconsidered to adopt new solutions and adapt to new potential threats.

At Continuity Logic, we provide a single-source risk management software platform that helps organizations develop, store, organize, use, and adapt plans as necessary. Our tools provide the structure and foundation for organizations looking to keep their employees resilient and aware. Book a demo to learn more about how Continuity Logic can build cyber resilience in your organization.