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Cyber Resilience Consulting

Cyber Resilience Backbone

Cyber resilience is your ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from cyberattacks and data breaches while continuing to operate effectively. It takes the concept of Cyber Quotient® (CQ) a step further, as EQ determines your Emotional Quotient which is your ability to get up after being knock out/down in the business environment as an individual.

An organization is cyber resilient when they can defend against cyber threats, have adequate cybersecurity risk management, and can guarantee business continuity during and after cyber incidents.  

Cyber resilience, alongside attack surface management, has emerged over the past few years because traditional security controls such as penetration testing and security questionnaires are no longer enough to minimize cyber risk.

The objective of Cynergy® cyber resilience is to maintain your ability to deliver goods and services at all times. This can include the ability to restore regular mechanisms, as well as the ability to continuously change or modify mechanisms on an as-needed basis even after regular mechanisms have failed, such as during a crisis or after a security breach.

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Why Cynergy® Cyber Resilience ?

Cynergy® Cyber Resilience is important because traditional security measures are no longer enough to ensure adequate information security, data security, and network security. In fact, many CISOs and IT security teams now assume that attackers will eventually gain unauthorized access to their organization. 

The truth is adverse cyber events negatively impact the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of organizations every day. These events may be intentional or unintentional (e.g. failed software update) and caused by humans, nature, or a combination thereof.

Today, it's as important to be able to respond to and recover from security breaches as it is to be able to prevent them.

How is Cyber Security different from Cyber Resilience ?

The difference between cybersecurity and cyber resilience comes down to their intended outcomes:

Cyber Security: Cybersecurity consists of information technologies, processes, and measures designed to protect systems, networks, and sensitive data from cybercrimes. Effective cybersecurity reduces the risk of cyberattacks and protects entities from the deliberate exploitation of systems, networks, and technologies.

Cyber Resilience: Cyber resilience has a broader scope, encompassing cybersecurity and business resilience. Cyber resilience helps businesses recognize that attackers may have the advantage of innovative tools, zero-days, and the element of surprise. This concept helps businesses prepare, prevent, respond, and successfully recover to their pre-attack business processes and business operations. In short, cyber resilience requires the business to think differently and be more agile when handling attacks.

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Pillars of Cynergy

Cynergy® strategy, when put in practice, needs to be considered a preventive measure to counteract human error, vulnerabilities in software and hardware, and misconfiguration. Therefore, the goal of Cynergy® is to protect the organization, while understanding that there will likely be insecure parts, no matter how robust security controls are. 

How does Cynergy Work ?

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Threat Protection

Cybercriminals advance in lockstep with security controls. What were once state of the art controls are now the bare minimum required to protect an organization. A third-party risk management and attack surface management, are one of the best options to improve your organization's cyber resiliency. Together, they can help you minimize first, third, and fourth-party risks caused by misconfiguration, data leaks, and data breaches. They'll also help you understand where your most at risk through always up-to-date security ratings or Cyber Quotient® Score.

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After a security incident, your organization must be able to return to regular operations quickly. This generally means you have infrastructure redundancies and data backups across different regions in case a natural disaster or cyberattacks impacts a specific part of the world. It's also recommended that you run tabletop exercises to ensure that everyone knows what their role is in the event of a cyberattack.

Hence is detailed Incident response planning is also done as part of the Cynergy® exercise.

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While planning is important, adaptability is paramount. Your organization must be able to evolve and adapt to new tactics that cyber criminals come up with. We recommend investing in continuous security monitoring so your security team can recognize security issues in real-time and immediately take action

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While planning is important, adaptability is paramount. Your organization must be able to evolve and adapt to new tactics that cyber criminals come up with. We recommend investing in continuous security monitoring so your security team can recognize security issues in real-time and immediately take action

Benefits of Cynergy

Enhanced systems security: Cyber resilience doesn't only help with responding to and surviving an attack. It can also help your organization develop strategies to improve IT governance, boost safety and security across critical assets, improve data protection efforts, avoid the impacts of natural disasters, and reduce human error. 

Reduced financial loss: Regardless of how good your security is, the fact is no one is immune to cyberattacks or misconfiguration. The average cost of a data breach is now $3.92 million globally, enough to kill many small to medium size businesses. In addition to financial costs, the reputational impact of data breaches is increasing due to the introduction of general data protection laws and stringent data breach notification requirements. 

Improved work culture and internal processes: Cyber resilience is a team sport. Every employee has a role to play in protecting your organization's sensitive data and ensuring adequate incident response. When people are empowered to take security seriously, sensitive data and physical assets are at far less risk. 

Reputation protection: Poor cyber resilience can irreversibly damage your organization's reputation

More trust across customer and vendor ecosystem:  It's essential that your organization has cyber resiliency strategies in place before asking your vendors to. If your organization has an ineffective cyber resiliency, it can damage the reputation of your customers and vendors. 

A better IT team: One of the underemphasized benefits of cyber resilience is that it improves the daily operations of your IT department. An organization with a hands-on IT team not only improves the ability to respond to threats, but it also helps to ensure day-to-day operations are running smoothly. 

Regulatory & Legal Compliance : Good cyber reselience startegy also helps to be compliant on Legal framework and related laws for data protection.

Reach out to us and we will make your orgnization Cyber Resilient.

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