What is Cyber Resilience?

The concept of resilience has often been explored in terms of mental health—but, in today’s digital health, the idea of cyber resilience is gaining prominence. Similar to its application in other areas, cyber resilience is an idea connected to an entity’s ability to bounce back and continue to thrive—in this case, after a cyberattack—which is rooted in preparation and planning.

With cybercriminals becoming increasingly sophisticated, and new hacks and data exposure hitting large businesses seemingly every day, here are a few of the basic principles of cyber resilience everyone should be familiar with, in order to protect themselves, their information, and their organizations.

Basic Principles of Cyber Resilience

  • Threat Protection

    Organizations need to be proactive about protecting themselves, their employees and their customers by analyzing all the different ways cybercriminals could access their information. Email is a prime target, so—whether you’re a large-scale company or an individual email user—a smart way to practice cyber resilience is to use a private email service.

  • Recoverability

    This relates to how easily a business, or even an individual, can get back to normal operations after an attack. Doing so successfully requires scenario planning in which you map out all the different ways your data could be compromised and the effect on your daily routine. Then, you can figure out a plan to keep things afloat—and recover effectively and efficiently.

  • Adaptability

    Trends in cybersecurity are changing by the day, so anyone with authority over threat assessment needs to be well-versed in those evolutions. Apart from the IT team knowing how to spot new threats, companies should consider periodic retraining of their workforces, so all employees are prepared to spot and report a threat.

  • Durability

    True cyber resilience is contingent upon by the capacity of a cyberattack victim to thrive after the incident. For that to happen, all business operations—every department, unit, and staff member—at an organization must be well-versed in their role before, in the immediate wake of and in the long-range after a data breach, a smart approach that individuals can also employ for their own personal security.