In today’s digital landscape, cyber resilience is essential for businesses and government agencies to ensure uninterrupted operations and withstand cyber threats. Similar to a Formula 1 race car’s success depending on an exceptional pit crew, organizations’ cyber resilience depends on integrated and technical cyber defense.
The Data Security Alliance, formed by industry heavyweights, aims to secure and protect data by unifying data security, data management, and cybersecurity. This white paper highlights how senior leaders can address top business priorities through smarter cyber resilience investment aligned with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Cyber resilience goes beyond cybersecurity and encompasses the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to disruptions quickly.
Organizations face numerous challenges in achieving cyber resilience. Ransomware attacks, in particular, are on the rise, and organizations must tackle people, organizational, process, and technology challenges. The shortage of security talent impacts collaboration between IT and security teams, leading to increased exposure to cyber threats. Additionally, legacy systems, patching vulnerabilities, and protecting data in cloud and hybrid environments pose challenges. The paper emphasizes the importance of data-driven security strategies and the need to focus on data protection to improve outcomes.
Organizations can adopt a cyber resiliency engineering approach to enhance cyber resilience, aligning with the NIST framework. This approach helps develop survivable and trustworthy secure systems that can anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions. Organizations can drive agility, reduce risk, and improve resiliency by centering their security strategies on data. The Data Security Alliance aims to provide technical integrations, best practices, and thought leadership to unify data management and security and minimize cyber incidents’ impact.
Finally, the paper presents six best practices for building a cyber resilient environment, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures and a data-focused approach.