Cyber Resilience

Amidst a growing landscape of evolving cyber threats and increased cyber attacks the prerequisite for developing a cyber resilience strategy is indispensable. With the shift to remote working, corporate networks remain a prime target for cyber criminals. Having a cyber resilience strategy is a proactive measure by which enterprises can mitigate annual cyber risks.

The types of attacks faced by organisations are a regular occurrence from Phishing, email compromises, malware to Ransomware. A cyber resilience approach is focussed on limiting the impact of cyber attacks by implementing cyber security measures designed to downscale the severity of the attacks.

First stage for establishing Cyber Resilience: Prevent the Cyber Attacks

All practical cyber resilience strategies prevent a cyber attack. Identifying a potential cyber attack before the corporate networks are affected supports the IT teams by mitigating the risk and impact on business operations.

For prevention, early detection is vital. Automation can assist with early detection by monitoring and analysing threats. Event logs provide an insight into the behaviour and patterns which can be used to formulate a cyber resilience strategy.

While considering early detection, attempt to develop a plan for incident response. Use the event log insights for monitoring and analysing cyber threats and to prepare a highly structured cyber security response for any anticipated incidents.

Second stage for establishing Cyber Resilience: In-house Penetration Testing

Alongside in-house software development and testing teams, having an in-house penetration testing team is a step forward in the direction of developing cyber resilience. A penetration testing team with the capability of undertaking red team exercises on applications and systems can detect vulnerabilities before adversaries. Breaking a system through penetration testing will allow rebuilding with cyber security solutions.

Third stage for establishing Cyber Resilience: Educate employees

Cyber aware employees who understand cyber security and cyber threats are the finest defence for an organisation. Providing employees with ample training and education awareness will enhance cyber resilience for an enterprise. Employees who can identify cyber attacks will respond and report malicious behaviour swiftly.

Fourth stage for establishing Cyber Resilience: Digital Transformation – Shift from Legacy Systems

Digital transformation is paving the way for cyber resilience. Shifting away from legacy systems to modern cloud based solutions– Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service can provide cyber security stealth. Cloud solutions offer identity and access management, zero-trust model and the capability to monitor user interaction and behaviour.

Fifth stage for establishing Cyber Resilience: Implement stringent cyber security measures

Cyber security teams should take the initiative to explore reputable and trusted open source cyber security tools to enhance cyber resilience. Implement firewalls for deep-packet analysis and activate multi-factor authentication for all employees.