The importance of cyber resilience

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Post Published On: July 17, 2018

What is cyber resilience?

Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. With the rapid growth of technology, enterprises are collecting, using and analyzing more data than ever. As a result, with a great increase in data consumption, comes a rise in Cyber Security threats. In order to detect, prepare and adapt to changing Cyber Security threat conditions while withstanding and rapidly recovering from attacks, organizations are adopting cyber resilience strategies and frameworks.

These days, falling victim to a Cyber Security attack is not a matter of “if” but “when”. Through the adoption of cyber resilience frameworks, organizations are able to quickly and efficiently recover from a breach due to mechanism failure. The crucial role of cyber resilience is to provide the same planned outcome while taking detective and preventive measures of any possible adverse cyber actions.

Cyber Security vs. Cyber Resilience

It is worth mentioning that cyber resilience differs from Cyber Security. The adoption of cyber resilient strategies and processes demonstrates a proactive approach by tackling cyber risks as opposed to reactive when an attack occurs. Therefore, proactive organizations are able to detect, prevent and prepare for attacks. Ultimately, they can adapt to changing conditions and withstand and rapidly recover from disruptions like malicious insiders and cyber-attacks. Moreover, being exposed to attacks of all kind, organizations are shifting from merely focusing on Cyber Security controls which protect computers, networks, programs, and data— to cyber resilient architectures to protect their organizations and products.

Cyber resilience frameworks

To reach the ultimate outcome, cyber resilience could be adopted through several different established frameworks. One of the most adopted frameworks, created by Symantec, is mainly based on 5 pillars: Prepare/Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover. Another well-known framework created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the Cyber Resilience Review (CRR). CRR is a voluntary examination of Cyber Security practices and operational resilience offered by the United States DHS at no cost to the operators of critical infrastructure and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. Cyber resilience could be adapted not only for organization but on diverse levels like national, regional, organizational, functional (division, process or capability) and technical (IT system, network).

In addition, Ingram Micro Cyber Security offers consultancy services and can help form a strategy specific to your organization or customers. The team has a combined experience of over 50 years in the industry. Ingram Micro’s Cyber Security portfolio contains over 20 leading vendor solutions. Our resources and unique expertise enable us to build a cyber resilience program specific to your IT environment taking all of the above into account. 

Cyber resilience in the future

Finally, Cyber resilience is enabling businesses’ security posture to be pro-active, preventative and detect and respond to threats before they occur. The future of cyber resilience relies around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. These technologies will automate the correlation of multi-vendor security architectures, and enable them to “talk” to each other on all termination points.

 

Written by Karim Hindawi, Product Manager for Forcepoint, Bitdefender and Quest. For more information about how we can help you form a cyber resilience strategy, please contact the team on cyber.meta@ingrammicro.com or visit our website, http://security.ingrammicro.com