To mitigate cybersecurity risks, organizations of all sizes and industries are exploring more robust capabilities and frameworks to respond to these attacks. This advanced capability is called cyber resilience. It gives an organization the ability to prepare for, withstand, recover from and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks or compromises on cyber resources.
What is cyber resilience?
Cyber resilience is the ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from cyber attacks. Most organizations have business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) plans in place. These plans tend to be broad — covering many applications and services — but are typically designed for scenarios when just a few apps, services or a data center go offline due to a single event such as a flood, tornado or hurricane. What these plans don’t account for are events where the entire IT ecosystem is at risk. Many organizations see cyber resilience as an extension or evolution of their BCDR strategy.
Cyber resilience focuses on scenarios where the entire IT ecosystem, including everything from end-user devices to core IT services, is affected by a cyber event. Cyber resilience plans are activated only after traditional disaster recovery plans have proven ineffective, typically due to data and systems compromised by malware. In this crisis scenario, only mission-critical services are rebuilt and maintained to keep an organization alive while recovering.
It’s essential to distinguish cyber resilience from cyber recovery, which is a core piece of a a larger cyber resilience plan. Cyber recovery only recovers a recent, clean copy of application and service data. Cyber resilience is broader and addresses recovery of all services and infrastructure needed to run critical business services. It accounts for application services like Active Directory (AD), Key Management Systems (KMS), Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Domain Name System (DNS), in addition to the data that a cyber recovery solution provides.
WWT’s cyber resiliency solution weaves people, process and technology considerations together to provide a complete solution for our customers to recover from a cyber event. We want to invite you to a briefing with WWT experts to explore how to best protect your organization from cyber events.