Are you confident that your business will continue to operate in the event of a cyber attack?
With cyber attacks becoming a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, is your disaster recovery plan designed to mitigate cyber incidents? Information security and business continuity leaders often face these questions from their chief executive or the board, writes Andrea Sayles, General Manager, Business Resiliency Services, GTS, IBM
Today’s businesses —and their customers —have near-zero tolerance for service outages and business disruptions. Hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments are quickly becoming the norm, which means increased vulnerabilities and multiple points of failure for your business. Cyber attacks and data loss are threats that can no longer be ignored. Large organizations with robust security technology and tools are no exception. Today’s malware can affect systems and networks even if they are seemingly fully patched, leading to loss or theft of millions of records, high financial costs, regulatory penalties, damaged business reputation and loss of customer trust.
As the IT risks landscape continually evolves and breaches are more likely than ever, the strategies and plans to manage those risks and mitigate their impacts must also change. A large number of organisations still have ageing infrastructures and processes, which makes it challenging to segment their critical workloads from other workloads using legacy network infrastructure.
While many organisations have business continuity and disaster recovery plans, their existing configurations may not allow for easy disaster recovery because they were not designed to be resilient against destructive cyber attacks. In addition, existing incident response plans and playbooks may not be effective against evolving cyber threats.
Fragmented approaches to cybersecurity are increasingly proving to be ineffective against emerging threats. As a result, a more strategic, cyber resilience-based approach to managing cyber risks is rapidly gaining ground to keep both business processes and operations functional during and after a cyber attack. Cyber resilience is a unified approach combining ongoing cybersecurity with data protection and disaster recovery methods, designed to protect against and rapidly recover from disruptive cyber incidents.
To mitigate the risks posed by today’s sophisticated and malicious attacks, organisations must implement comprehensive strategies that include stronger and more varied security mechanisms, as well as ways to recover quickly, should a breach or an incident occur. While cyber attacks may be inevitable, a resilient organisation is one that can quickly adapt and recover from attacks. With a cyber-resilient environment, IT can be at the forefront of fostering relationships with business leaders and partnering with them to confidently drive their digital transformation journey forward.
To achieve cyber resilience, everyone must have a stake in keeping their organisation available, secure and productive. Speed of response and a proactive, risk-based approach can make all the difference between prolonged disruption and maintaining normal business operations.
With a comprehensive portfolio ranging from advisory services to data protection, resilience orchestration and disaster recovery solutions, IBM has been working closely with our clients, big and small, to help them become truly cyber-resilient. Visit our website for more information.