Putting up the Right Defence to Cyber Threats with Disaster Recovery

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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With technology developing as fast as it is human beings are becoming more and more dependent on it. And in keeping up with the times and also its fast developing technology criminals have also changed their ways of crime adapting more cybercrime. Cyber attacks vary from installing spyware on a personal computer to attempting to destroy the infrastructure of entire nations. Obviously, the aftermath of such crimes leaves their targets devastated with no idea what hit them. Whether it is businesses or individuals they face consequences such as financial losses, reputational damage and so on.

When the security measures do not function the right way due to human error or technical faults it will shift to Disaster Recovery, which consists of policies, tools, and strategies that make sure the systems are able to continue functioning after such attacks. It is essential to first understand the threat before trying to prevent it, one of the challenges is to reduce the time between the breach and its detection. By understanding the behaviour of the users that interact with the data and systems red flags can be raised before the breach is initiated.

A company that has been breached should be aware of how to respond in the aftermath. Having the latest tech or software may not be enough as hackers are always keeping themselves updated, the idea is to be on the same level as them and if possible even higher.  The movement of a company's data on the network needs to be critically analyzed, thus ensuring the threat being neutralized and will allow the company to better protect their consumers and brand.

As mentioned before hackers these days are always up to date with new technologies and are always finding new ways to breach a company's security, therefore CIO's need to be constantly vigilant and keep a check on the networking activities and security plans to make sure that any weakness is either rectified or protected. Traditional ways to prevent a cyber attack are to always use strong and unique passwords, update your antivirus, skip unknown emails and so on but these methods aren't always fail-proof safe.

Cyber incident management will be the ideal way to help identify the problem and move you to containment and eradication before you consider moving to recovery. Your company needs to be able to isolate the problem and remove them so that its impact will be minimal, being unable to isolate the issue will then require to take the entire network down till the issue is resolved.

The vital point is to be able to understand what went wrong and why. The aim should be to match your response to the event that occurred. Recovering from a breach and not planning the right security expenditure in accordance to the event is asking for trouble again.

However, prepared one maybe they can still fall victim to such attacks and that is why itis crucial to have the right disaster recovery plans in place.