Building a Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience Program
The following steps can help you integrate your cybersecurity and cyber resilience strategies.
1. Regularly backup data
Backup is crucial to data protection and can help expedite a return to normal operations in the event of a cyberattack. Consider this scenario: Your network is hit with a sophisticated ransomware attack that encrypts all your data. The hackers demand that you pay a ransom or the encrypted data will be destroyed. If you keep thorough and regular backups of your data on a separate network you can simply restore any wiped data, giving you a higher level of cyber resiliency.
2. Simulate a security incident
If you assume the mentality of “when, not if” your organization may experience a cyberattack, you can more effectively strengthen your cyber resilience strategy and cybersecurity posture.
Running through the steps your organization will take in the event of a cybersecurity incident – from how you’ll escalate a potential security breach to notifying law enforcement, customers, and investors – will help make everyone involved feel more confident and increase cyber resiliency.
3. Convey the importance of cybersecurity and cyber resilience to the board
Successful cybersecurity protection and resilience can only be achieved if everyone’s on the same page about how well prepared your organization is to defend itself against a cyberattack and recover business operations should the attack prove successful. This includes your organization’s board of directors.
But board members aren’t always familiar with technical metrics or jargon that CISOs often include in their reports and presentations. They need easily digestible metrics that reframe the conversation about cybersecurity and resiliency into one about business risk.
To make sure you’re delivering the right metrics and information to the board, download this free guide. It outlines how to nail down your presentation style and goals, how to select metrics the board cares about, and more.