Prepare Against Cyberattacks - There Are Resources Available

By Stuart Hyde

It is foolish, in the mostly digital world we now live in, to assume that there is someone available to bail you out. Quite simply the more digitalised we get, the more self-sufficient we need to become. Protecting our assets online has never been such an important aspect of any business. There are a multitude of sites, services and products available to help, Government Agencies, the police, National Cyber Security Centre all willing to help and spraying the internet with great advice.

Simple research will generate sufficient information to protect against most concerns. Industry and Nation States work closely together to address vulnerabilities and those who wish to disrupt.

A great example of this cooperation is the way Europol has created forums for Internet Security, Banking and other key sectors where leading enforcement agencies and leading businesses can share concerns and help make the internet safer. One such service is a very powerful initiative called No More Ransom, a long-standing partnership between agencies and industry to fight the scourge of entrapment of individual corporations forced to pay up to recover much-needed data and access. Fighting Ransomware and disabling it functions has helped many companies regain their data and functionality

So, all organisations need to be live to risks, threats and harm generated from their online activity. Connectivity is now essential to make deals, provide services and to transport goods around the world safely and securely. Understanding the points of risk within an organisation are the essentials of good cybersecurity.

Any organisation can suffer an attack, a data loss or a digital disaster that disrupts business process or shuts down production. In the same way a fire, an explosion, the weather, or a catastrophic flood can disrupt the physical aspects of an organisation. In the same way, with the same impact online presence can be halted or disrupted making the company unviable and are able to carry out its functions. Dealing with digital disaster is not an “IT” issue. It affects the whole organisation and demands effective and immediate leadership

Building the capacity and response skills that will be necessary in the event of a disaster should be part of any risk and recovery plan, covering possible or even probable harms that could affect an organisation. Just like a fire or evacuation test, simple preparation is enhanced by understanding how to react and the likely consequences of either failing to respond or responding well.

Excyb uses highly experienced facilitators to help organisations understand how best to approach these situations when leadership is called upon to address a catastrophe in the workplace, although it focuses on a Cyber incident the learning is equally relevant to a fire, flood or other major incidents.

Being prepared is more than just having a plan, it’s having tested the plan and kept it live and dynamic. Excyb helps to keep your team incident ready.

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