Cyber Resilience Series: Why Cyber Resilience Matters

Post by Jun 17, 2024 10:00:00 AM · 3 min read

In an era where digital transformation drives business innovation, the cyber threat landscape evolves swiftly, if not faster. For large and small organizations, cyber resilience is no longer a luxury; it’s a fundamental pillar of sustainable business operations. But what precisely is cyber resilience, and why does it matter?

Understanding Cyber Resilience

Cyber resilience is an organization's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from cyber threats and incidents. Unlike traditional cybersecurity, which primarily focuses on defense mechanisms, cyber resilience encompasses a broader strategy. It integrates cybersecurity, business continuity, and organizational resilience to ensure that businesses can function despite adverse cyber events.

The Growing Threat Landscape

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. From ransomware attacks to data breaches and phishing scams, the variety and complexity of these threats are on the rise. According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime is predicted to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, up from $3 trillion in 2015. This sharp increase underscores the critical need for robust cyber resilience frameworks.

Why Cyber Resilience Matters

Business Continuity and Operational Stability
Disruptions caused by cyber incidents can paralyze an organization’s operations. A resilient cyber strategy ensures that essential functions and services are maintained, minimizing downtime and economic losses. This is particularly crucial for healthcare, finance, and critical infrastructure industries, where interruptions can have far-reaching, adverse effects.

Safeguarding Reputation and Trust
Trust is a valuable currency in today’s digital world. Customers, partners, and stakeholders expect their data to be handled securely and responsibly. A significant breach can erode trust, damage a company’s reputation, and lead to a loss of business. Cyber resilience helps protect sensitive data and demonstrates a commitment to security, thereby strengthening stakeholder confidence.

Regulatory Compliance
Regulatory bodies worldwide are tightening their requirements on data protection and cybersecurity. Non-compliance can result in substantial fines and legal penalties. An effective cyber resilience strategy helps organizations comply with GDPR, HIPAA, and CCPA regulations, mitigating the risk of punitive actions.

Financial Protection
Cyber incidents can have severe financial repercussions, from direct costs associated with breach responses to indirect costs like reputational damage and customer churn. Investing in cyber resilience can reduce these financial impacts by ensuring rapid recovery and minimizing disruptions.

Adaptability to Evolving Threats
A cyber-resilient organization is not only prepared for current threats but is also adaptable to emerging ones. This adaptability is crucial in a rapidly changing threat landscape. Continuous monitoring, regular updates to security protocols, and employee training are essential components of a resilient cyber posture.


Building Cyber Resilience

Cyber resilience is about preparing your entire organization to withstand and quickly recover from cyber threats, focusing on continuous operation and minimal disruption.

Building cyber resilience requires a three-pronged approach:

  1. Understanding Your Risk Profile: This involves identifying potential threats, vulnerabilities, and their impact on your operations. Conducting a thorough risk assessment allows you to prioritize resources and actions effectively.
  2. Ensuring Readiness for an Attack: This means developing a robust cybersecurity framework that includes policies, procedures, and technologies to defend against cyber threats. It’s not just about having the right tools but also about fostering a culture of security awareness.
  3. Optimizing for Recovery: Despite best efforts, breaches can still occur. The speed and efficiency of your recovery process can make a significant difference in minimizing damage.
    By adopting a three-pronged approach, you can create a robust defense posture that protects your data and ensures your business thrives in the face of adversity.

Understanding the Critical Role of Cyber Resilience

Cyber resilience is more than a defensive measure; it’s a proactive strategy that ensures business continuity, protects reputation, ensures compliance, and mitigates financial risks. As cyber threats evolve, so must our strategies to combat them. Investing in cyber resilience is not just about safeguarding the present—it's about securing the future.

By prioritizing cyber resilience, businesses can navigate the complexities of the digital age with confidence, adaptability, and the assurance that they are well-equipped to face whatever challenges.

Your Next Step to Becoming Cyber Resilient

Meridian IT and Commvault have partnered to deliver a robust solution that fortifies your company's cyber resilience. True cyber resilience is a continuous endeavor that begins before any attack and never truly ends. It involves comprehensively understanding your risk profile and enhancing your data security posture. This ensures early detection of attacks and ransomware infections, validates clean recovery points and tests recovery procedures before any cyber event occurs. When it’s time to recover, our solution provides a reliable, predictable, and seamless recovery process, regardless of scale.

How is this achieved? By transforming your approach from merely backing up data to adopting a three-pronged strategy for cyber resilience: focusing on your risk profile, ensuring preparedness for potential attacks, and facilitating swift recovery. Meridian's mProtect solution empowers you to do precisely this. Leveraging Commvault’s industry-leading cyber resilience software, our team of experts will continuously scan your data, assess risks, and implement remediation plans to analyze your risk profile. We ensure your readiness for any threat through early warnings, threat detection, and recovery testing. Your backups are secured, encrypted, air-gapped, and immutable, benefiting from an extensive ecosystem of integrations.

This is offered through a simplified and flexible monthly consumption model that includes Commvault software, Meridian managed services, and optional hardware.


Greg Jehs

Greg Jehs is the Vice President of the mProtect Center of Excellence. mProtect is a managed service offering focusing on the protection, migration, and management of data in on-premises, public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. The CoE is focused on helping clients lower their costs while increasing their business-outcome-focused adoption of information technology. Greg has over 20 years of dedicated IT experience. Upon graduating from Barry University, he spent over 2 years as a Systems Architect at R&D Systems Group Inc. before moving to Meridian IT.