2020 shifted the business world’s mindset on a lot of important issues. Policies about time off, remote work, sick policies, and office communication have all adapted in response to the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the dramatic global increase in cybercrime, especially ransomware attacks, have created a new pressure on businesses to adapt their security policies as well. This shift in security has resulted in relatively new products like cyber insurance increasing in popularity, as smaller companies look for a one-step security solution. However, experts in the field are promoting a more holistic style of digital threat prevention called “cyber resilience. But what is cyber resilience, and you can you implement it at your organization?
Cyber resilience is the ability to predict, resist, recover from, and adapt to both adverse and changing business conditions. By creating a cyber resilient business, you increase your ability to respond flexibly and efficiently to a multitude of potential attacks or general failures. Implementing cyber resilience at your place of business means creating backups, strategies to minimize downtime, disaster response plans, managing cyber decisions from a business-oriented perspective, and finally, using a data-centric security strategy.
Data-centric models deliver the most value when they are used to create visibility throughout a business. Endpoint security, IAM, and security controls are all examples of how to provide that increased visibility that makes data-centric models so valuable. Finally, zero-trust models are becoming ever-more popular. The NSA went so far as to issue guidance on implementing a zero-trust model, saying that “Zero trust is a security model, a set of system design principles, and a coordinated cybersecurity and system management strategy based on an acknowledgment that threats exist both inside and outside traditional network boundaries.”