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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to take a closer look at the cyber resilience components of your business continuity and resilience plans to ensure your organization is on the right path to not just prevent potential cyber events, but to be prepared to respond to the new inevitable—when an incident happens.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), takes place each October in the United States.
The purpose of the month is to encourage individuals and organizations to do their part when it comes to cyber protections, including taking proactive steps to continuously enhance cybersecurity. It’s a collaboration between government and industry with a goal of providing resources to help Americans stay cyber safe and secure.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month got its start back in 2004, first launched by NCSA and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Each week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month also has a theme: Be Cyber Smart; Phight the Phish; Explore. Experience. Share.; and Cybersecurity First.
All organizations and individuals participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month are encouraged to use the hashtag #becybersmart to promote cyber awareness activities and to encourage others to get involved.
At Castellan, we look at cyber resilience as an additional layer of planning, response, and prevention to help your organization achieve true operational resilience.
As we’re seeing with ever-increasing successful cyber-attacks such as ransomware and phishing—along with unprecedented numbers of record exposures across many industries—we must realize we now do business in a world where we need to shift our focus from defense-only tactics to also include response and recovery.
It’s that “bend-not-break” focus for business continuity and a shift in thinking from what we may do “if” a cyber-attack happens to how we react “when” it does.
In simple terms, cyber resilience encompasses your organization’s ability to quickly anticipate, adapt, respond, and recover from a cyber event.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good opportunity to highlight the role of cyber resilience in your organization’s overall success and survivability. It’s a perfect time to educate your staff about the roles they play in helping protect your organization from cyber-attacks and ensuring they know what to do to mitigate risks and how to respond if an incident happens.
While this education and training should be an ongoing part of your comprehensive business continuity and resilience programs, you can use the momentum created by Cybersecurity Awareness Month to encourage more response and engagement about cyber issues from all levels within your organization.
Here are four ideas you can use this month or at any time to help build awareness:
While Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great time to build engagement throughout your organization, it’s also a perfect time to evaluate your existing cyber resilience strategies to identify gaps and weaknesses, plan remediation strategies, and look for ways to continuously mature your program. Remember, it’s time to shift our focus away from prevention-only strategies to also include a proactive approach to adapting, responding, and recovering from cyber events.
If cyber resilience is a new or immature component of your existing business continuity and disaster response programs, use this month to begin the work to improve your organization’s cyber response strategy.
Not sure where to start? Castellan’s “Cyber Response Builder” is a great resource. In this guide, you can learn more about how you can evolve your cyber resilience strategy from technical response to a more holistic approach to ensure and strengthen your operational resilience.
The guide has a five-point approach to help you develop and implement a cyber response strategy:
Are you ready to develop more robust cyber response capabilities for your organization? Download our free “Cyber Response Builder” now or contact a Castellan advisor if you have questions or need additional support.
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