Cyber Resilience: Your Line of Defense Against Cyber Attacks

Endpoint security, firewalls, malware detection, multi-factor authentication are all standard practices in mitigating threats and attacks, but as hackers become more sophisticated, the possibility of a breach is compounded.

It’s no longer enough to secure your perimeters and block infiltration once on your network, it’s about how you recover from an attack. Cyber resilience is measured by how quickly you can recover and overcome the harm done to get back to business as usual.

With the growth of extortion attacks at 100+%, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to be attacked, but when. So, you need to ask yourself, can your organization survive an attack operationally—shutting down your business for days, weeks, or even permanently—or financially—the loss of revenue due to a shutdown and the payout to get your data back?

In fact,

  • 8% recovered all data after paying ransom
  • 29% recovered no more than half their data after paying ransom
  • 65% average amount of data recovered after paying ransom

Though ransomware may be top of mind when it comes to cyber resilience relatability, it doesn’t end there. Over the past few months, natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes have affected many businesses and shedding new light on business continuity and disaster recovery. The pandemic had companies scrambling when it came to continuity and security and some are still wondering what’s next. Not to say that threats are everywhere, but the possibilities of something happening are. Instead of adding on more security products, it’s time to take a look at your storage as a way to enhance your resiliency.

Have a DR Plan in Place? Add Cyber Resiliency

According to IBM System Storage Consulting IT Specialist, Kosta Makropoulos, cyber resiliency intertwines with disaster recovery and business continuity. This includes shifting from general storage functions to cyber resilience-related ones specifically, those that deliver across block, file, object, tape, software-defined storage, and cloud:

  • Isolation: The degree of separation of snapshot or backup data from the rest of the network achieved by utilizing safeguarded copies, cloud object storage, or through a physical air gap.
  • Immutability: Tamper-proof storage prevents any attacker, external or internal, from changing or deleting data.
  • Performance: How fast can your organization recover from a cyberattack?
  • Ease of reuse/access to your backup data: Test your recovery procedures, including validating backups and restoring data into a sandbox environment to find a valid recovery point in the event of a ransomware incident.

IBM Cyber Resilience lifecycle

The foundation for the IBM cyber resilience lifecycle is built upon the standards created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cyber security framework. These best practices can help better position your company to recover quickly should an attack or other crisis occur:

  • Identify: Foster an organizational understanding of the risks cybersecurity threats posed to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities.
  • Protect: Ensure delivery of critical services with appropriate safeguards.
  • Detect: Identify a cybersecurity event as it occurs.
  • Respond: Take action on a cybersecurity incident.
  • Recover: Restore any capabilities or services impaired by a cybersecurity incident

Schedule Your Cyber Resilience Assessment Today!

To learn more about how having a cyber resilience plan can safeguard your data and your business, check out this short video from Kosta.

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As an IBM Gold Business partner, i-Virtualize wants to help set your business up for success with a complimentary Cyber Resilience Assessment. Your assessment ill include:

  • Detailed assessment report
  • Management presentation
  • Roadmap of recommended improvements and considerations

In just 2 hours, we can help you know where your vulnerabilities are and how you can fill in those gaps. Don’t wait, schedule your assessment today.

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