Cyber resilience is the result of an integrated and proactive approach to security. It is an imperative for new-age data security that protects the business from attacks that can disrupt the entire operation.
Here are a few effective strategies for improving cyber resilience in the digital era.
Comprehend the Threat Landscape
A crucial step to cyber resilience is understanding the organization’s threat landscape. Organizations need to know the risks and vulnerabilities to ensure that implementation plans are readily available for securing the data and protecting the assets. Companies need to analyze the attacks by comprehending the threat landscape and establishing defensive measures. At the same time, vulnerability analysis and penetration testing can be performed to identify possible security loopholes.
Know the IT Infrastructure
To resist targeted cyber-attacks, organizations need to know what is external and what is inside their IT infrastructure. The cybersecurity team needs to understand which systems are the most vulnerable to such attacks and analyze the operations and business technology assets. At the same time, an asset inventory can be created to identify the assets that may attract attackers and compel them to launch a targeted cyberattack. Organizations need to establish baselines of expected or normal behaviors for all devices and critical systems that may indicate the presence of a targeted cyberattack to effectively detect abnormal or potentially dangerous behaviors.
Zero-trust embraces an “always verify” approach, which makes every user and device a potential threat. Sophisticated threat actors often exploit “trust but verify” based approaches to launch targeted cyberattacks. Zero-trust allows every user or device to gain access permissions required to perform the intended function by leveraging the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP) that authenticates each user’s identity to access the enterprise resources. Zero-trust also utilizes micro-segmentation to strengthen enterprise security and reduce your attack surface against targeted attacks.
Reinforce the Cybersecurity Ecosystem
Organizations need to ensure that the existing security technology is optimally configured to withstand targeted attacks. System rights access audits should be performed to determine whether these access rights need to be updated or revoked. Simultaneously, secure code reviews of all software developed in-house and flaw analysis of any code binaries or libraries received through the software supply chain need to be processed. Additionally, organizations need to assess all the applications for cracks, fraudulent identities, or foul paths that might cause an increase in vulnerability. These measures will help limit the attack surface of software applications. Adopting advanced or automated technologies to replace manual security processes is a robust tool to boost cyber resilience.
Companies can adopt these automation tools for real-time threat hunting, vulnerability assessments, security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), and user behavior analytics (UBA).
Establish a Cyber-Aware Culture
A cyber-aware culture is a crucial component of cyber resilience. IT security leaders should speak “cybersecurity language” and give insights on expected and safe behaviors to protect the organization from targeted cyberattacks. The organization’s policies, best practices, and standard operating procedures must resonate with the language to ensure that every employee understands the company’s cybersecurity goals.
As per a recent report by Marsh,” The State of Cyber Resilience – Asia and Global insights,” 95% of cyber breaches are primarily caused by human error, while 30% of respondents in Asian organizations did not have cybersecurity awareness and training, which is 11% points higher than the other regions. A robust training program will allow employees to search, identify, hunt, analyze and mitigate cyber threats. An influential cyber-aware culture will go a long way toward accelerating the organization’s cyber resilience.
Cyber resilience is an intelligent choice to secure business data, processes, technologies, and employees from cybercrime in the long run. When these strategies are holistically deployed, they can form a bedrock for the confidential information in the organization.