With the constant and increasingly destructive cyber attacks, the buzzword of 2022 and extending into this year 2023 is undoubtedly cyber resilience.
With each passing day, the use of digital tools increases, and consequently the amount of data we generate grows. And 2022 was a record-breaking year when it comes to digital security incidents.
In addition, a frightening fact is related to the time of exploitation of a vulnerability after its disclosure, which is currently at 7 days. This means that the time between the disclosure of certain vulnerabilities and their exploitation is decreasing.
As we often say, we live in a period where it is not a question of if, but when we will be attacked. However, when this does happen, how do we react?
In fact, maintaining continuity of operation after a security breach has been a major challenge for entities. But organizations, of all sizes and sectors, cannot let their guard down.
To do this, they must turn to the concept of cyber-resilience, which is the ability of an organization to sustain cyberattacks while minimizing disruptions. It is also the continuous and intentional measurement of compromises, and is the first step in increasing security efficiency.
Contrary to what it may seem, resilience and security have very different characteristics, although they are easily confused.
Security, or cybersecurity, boils down to technologies, processes, and measures designed to protect systems, networks, and data against cybercrime, with the primary goal of reducing the risk of an attack through solutions that do not compromise usability.
Resilience, in turn, is the company’s ability to continuously ensure services, operations, and results, despite the obstacles that arise.
Just as cyber-attacks became more relevant during the pandemic period, the concept of resilience also became more prominent during this time, since in addition to protection, it was crucial to ensure the timely recoverability of systems and, furthermore, business continuity and resilience.
It is emphasized, however, that cyber-resilience integrates cybersecurity with ensuring continuity of operations.
This term has been increasingly referenced in the financial sector, especially since the emergence of the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA), developed and promoted by the European Commission and already in force in the EU. Given this, all companies in this sector will have to ensure the adoption and implementation of a framework that promotes the security of the IT network and Information Systems.
This measure reinforces the security of institutions in this world where cyber risks increase daily and highlights the concern in post-attack scenarios, the phase where the most serious consequences occur.
In the same vein, in a Union cybersecurity strategy for the digital decade, spearheaded by the European Parliament and Councils, the NIS 2.0 directive was born, requiring entities to implement cyber risk management measures for a safer digital future.
In fact, being the target of a cyber-attack is much more costly than developing a cyber-resiliency strategy, integrated into an overall cybersecurity strategy.
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