Glossary / Resilience

Resilience

The ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on cyber resources.

What is ‘resilience’ in cybersecurity?

Resilience is the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on technological resources.

Resilience is a concept that has been developed by international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and the World Economic Forum.

Why do we need Cyber Resilience? What are the Benefits?

Resilient organizations have demonstrated that they can be more effective than non-resilient organizations when faced with a cyber incident. They have also shown that they are better prepared to deal with any future incidents.

Resilient organizations have proven their ability to:

• Recover faster after an incident

• Have fewer breaches

• Reduce costs associated with cybersecurity

• Improve business continuity

• Increase customer satisfaction

• Protect intellectual property

• Prevent fraud

• Provide greater protection for privacy and data integrity

• Strengthen relationships between businesses and customers

• Support compliance requirements

• Stay ahead of the competition

How does resilience work?

Resiliency isn’t just about having enough technology in place to prevent attacks; it’s also about building processes and procedures to ensure that an organization is able to cope with any eventual issue.

There are three main components to resilience:

  • Prevention — Taking steps to reduce the risk of attacks occurring

  • Detection — Discovering potential cyber attacks before they occur

  • Response — Reacting to a detected threat once it occurs

Attack prevention

Preventing attacks is one of the most important aspects of resilience. There are many ways to prevent attacks, including:

• Implementing strong passwords

• Encrypting sensitive documents

• Using anti-virus software

• Monitoring network traffic

• Patching systems regularly

Attack Detection

Detecting attacks is another key component of resilience. Early detection allows you to take action to mitigate the damage caused by the attack. You may want to consider using a combination of tools to detect attacks. These include:

• Intrusion detection systems

• Network monitoring devices

• Web application firewalls

Attack response

Once an attack has occurred, it’s important to react appropriately. Reactions could involve:

• Notifying relevant parties

• Removing affected systems

• Restoring systems

• Rebooting systems

• Reporting the breach to law enforcement agencies

• Providing support services

• Communicating with stakeholders

• Reducing the impact of the attack

Business assets and infrastructure need to be measured and documented well; that way, security teams are able to protect them. Also, teams need to regularly update software, configure key security settings, and manage all access permissions. Systems and processes must be in place to identify vulnerabilities before attackers do. Prioritize the most important threats. Intelligence must be flexible and allow users to dive into the threats and better understand them.

How can you build an organization’s resilience?

Building resilience involves understanding your organization, how it operates, who works there, and how these factors impact your organization. You must understand your vulnerabilities and strengths so you can make informed decisions regarding your organization’s cybersecurity needs.

Once you know where you stand, you will be able to determine if you need to invest in new technology, change processes, hire additional staff, or any combination of these options.

You must also consider the impact of your decision on employees, customers, partners, and shareholders.

Why do businesses need to be resilient?

Businesses today rely heavily on digital technologies to conduct transactions, manage operations, communicate internally, and interact with customers. These technologies provide significant advantages over traditional methods of communication and transaction. However, they also present unique challenges.

For example, digital technologies are often connected to networks that are vulnerable to cyberattacks. This means that criminals may gain access to sensitive information stored on servers and computers. They could use this information to steal money, identities, and damage a company’s reputation.

In addition, some businesses depend on internal systems that contain proprietary information. If criminals gained access to these systems, they could potentially sell the information to competitors.

Finally, many businesses operate using cloud computing services. Cloud computing allows users to pay only for the processing power or storage needed at the time. Because of this, cloud computing provides an attractive alternative to buying expensive hardware and software. Unfortunately, this flexibility comes with risks because users don’t always know exactly what kind of security measures are being taken to protect their data.

In Conclusion

There is seemingly a never-ending supply of news stories covering another major cyberattack, data breach, leaked personally identifiable information (PII), or malware campaign that pilfers usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data.

Intel 471 customers rely on TITAN, an intuitive threat intelligence SaaS platform built by intelligence and security professionals for intelligence and security professionals to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on cyber resources.

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Intel 471 cybercrime intelligence empowers analysts to monitor and respond to threats in near real-time — enabling them to act on timely and actionable intelligence. These analysts can also explore the alert context in our intelligence reports and data collection giving them a richer understanding of organizational risk to better mitigate threats.