Source: Security Now
30 May 2018

The pace and scale of information security threats continues to accelerate, endangering the integrity and reputation

Steve Durbin

of today’s most trusted organizations. Businesses are struggling to cope with the quantum speed and sophistication of global cyberattacks being carried out by organized cybercriminal syndicates.

Moving forward, businesses need to prepare to be targeted at any time, and any place, by multiple assailants. (See Equifax Taps Former Home Depot Security Chief as New CISO.)

Organizations that wish to keep pace with these developments, and remain financially viable, need to take action now, or face the consequences. With the speed and complexity of the security threat landscape changing on a daily basis, those organizations that don’t prepare will be left behind in the wake of reputational and financial damage.

Reducing the attack risk
Today, risk management largely focuses on achieving security through the management and control of known risks.

The rapid evolution of opportunities and risks in cyberspace is outpacing this approach and it no longer provides the required protection. Cyber resilience requires recognition that organizations must prepare now to deal with severe impacts from cyber threats that are impossible to predict.

Organizations must extend risk management to include risk resilience, in order to manage, respond and mitigate any negative impacts of cyberspace activity.

Cyber resilience also requires that organizations have the agility to prevent, detect and respond quickly and effectively, not just to incidents, but also to the consequences of the incidents.

This means assembling multidisciplinary teams from businesses and functions across the organization, and beyond, to develop and test plans for when breaches and attacks occur. This team should be able to respond quickly to an incident by communicating with all parts of the organization, individuals who might have been compromised, shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders who might be affected.

Cyber resilience is all about ensuring the sustainability and success of an organization, even when it has been subjected to the almost inescapable attack.

By adopting a realistic, broad-based, collaborative approach to cyber security and resilience, government departments, regulators, senior business managers and information security professionals will be better able to understand the true nature of cyber threats and respond quickly and appropriately.

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