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Cyber Resilience Lessons to Know Before the Empire Gets Struck

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Cyber Resilience Lessons to Know Before the Empire Gets Struck

In this article, see the four keys to cyber resilience.

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Every year, fans across the globe celebrate a holiday that commemorates one of the greatest sagas of all time. We’re talking about May 4th — a day that has become synonymous with lightsabers, space costumes, and now baby Yoda.

For many, this is a time to dig out the classic movies, dress up, and discuss the fine details of the storylines. It is the humanity of it, the characters’ issues and struggles that tie them back to present, real-world matters. From the security and technology perspective, IT administrators have a lot in common with the evil forces of the Empire in terms of concern – or rather, lack thereof – around data protection.

Cyber Resilience Is Not Science Fiction

Data risks are an everyday battle, and although in fiction we celebrate the downfall of the Death Star due to the biggest data breach in the universe; in reality, the security and compliance flaws the Empire had are not something to take lightly.

From insider threats and human error to the lack of layered security, Star Wars proves that even the biggest dark enterprise in the galaxy thought they could protect their assets with just one shield and Scarif Garrison as the only firewall.

The same situation is common in real-life organizations. In companies big and small, leaders fall complacent to current infrastructure, when they should be on alert to when and not if they will be attacked. Organizations need to establish a plan that will help them keep their business up and operating as normal, regardless of adversity. They need to build a layered protection strategy and deploy easy recovery solutions that allow them to absorb threats and bounce back quickly.

The Four Keys to Cyber Resilience 

A cyber resilience strategy brings together cybersecurity and data protection by establishing multiple control layers. It provides what is known as an in-depth defense. Leaders can take these steps to build a resilient data infrastructure.

1. Internet Security and Threat Intelligence 

Individuals across the U.S. are in a bad habit of dismissing online security basics. Security and IT teams should start by auditing their current antivirus platform as the first layer of defense against cyberattacks. Additionally, take it a step further with endpoint security protecting all devices and applications used to access network data.

Advanced security features like global location tracking, remote locking, and remote wipe enable businesses to protect sensitive data, should those company endpoints end up in the wrong hands.

2. Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

To accurately act, organizations must know what data they have, where it lives, and how it is organized. Carefully choosing the most critical data that always needs to be available versus what can wait a few hours or days to be restored will make the difference for business continuity.

Once they understand their own data sets, teams will have to choose a data backup and disaster recovery (DR) system that eliminates and/or reduces downtime, one that meets business continuity goals in the event of failed hardware, natural disasters, a pandemic or a successful data breach that manages to move past the first layer. Easy and fast recovery through automated cloud data backup systems, for example, ensure day-to-day information is available and secured while minimizing disruption.

3. The 3-2-1 Golden Rule

Organizations need to maintain operation no matter what, so they should look for various options and locations to store their data. We recommend, as best practice, keeping three copies of your data, one original and two backups; choosing two different storage types to mitigate the failure of one of them, and maintaining one copy of your data offsite. Opposite to the Empire’s set up, you will have multiple copies at various locations leaving no single point of failure.

4. The Human Aspect of Business

Education plays an important role in any resilience plan. An organization might have the best technology in place, but the human aspect of the business can’t be taken for granted. Security awareness training is paramount to ensure all users understand their role in data protection and to establish a culture where security is understood as a shared responsibility. Ongoing training and phishing simulations will help ensure employees don’t fall prey to scams that put the whole organization at risk.

Beyond the Fall of the Empire

If these steps were put into action, the Empire could have survived (not that any of us would have wanted that!). Truth be told, the Rebel Alliance knew how and where to find weaknesses and built a strategy to take advantage; in fact, they built a business resilience plan backward, considering what the Empire needed and didn’t have, to then exploit those holes to restore democracy.

Real-world companies should take note and build a proper strategy. One that will help create a multi-layered approach that protects users, devices, and above all, the most important resource of an organization: data. Start building your cyber resilience now, and may the fourth be with you.

Topics:
backup ,cyber resilience ,disaster recovery ,security ,star wars

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