Cyber Resilience: Today’s Top Three Essentials for Organizations.

December 18, 2023
1 min read
  • Threat actors are intensifying their strategies by embracing a work smarter, not harder approach to cybersecurity, thereby putting more organizations at risk than ever.
  • In the first half of 2023, there was a surge in activities by advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, an increase in ransomware complexity, and a rise in botnet activity.
  • Individual organizations need to take proactive measures to strengthen their cybersecurity posture, including cultivating a culture of personal responsibility for cybersecurity, creatively addressing the cybersecurity skills gap, and eliminating siloed thinking within their organizations.

The first half of 2023 witnessed a significant surge in activities by Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups, a rise in ransomware complexity, and an upswing in botnet activity, clearly highlighting an increased risk for organizations. The increasing sophistication and dynamic nature of the threat landscape intensify the critical need for inter-organizational collaboration.

The article stresses the importance of individual organizations taking proactive measures to strengthen their cybersecurity posture. Three key measures are identified: cultivating a culture of personal responsibility for cybersecurity, creatively addressing the cybersecurity skills gap, and eliminating siloed thinking within their organizations.

Research shows that human involvement contributes to three out of four breaches and organizations need to drive awareness within their teams. Comprehensive security education, ongoing training sessions, and realistic phishing simulation exercises can help in this regard. Executives, being high-value targets, need more training to enhance their leadership and response capabilities.

The shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals is a global problem. Organizations must adopt creative solutions such as exploring diverse talent pools and providing upskilling opportunities through certification programs. The widening of the technology net and embracing managed services can help bridge the skills gap.

Often, unintentional silos within organizations between Network Operations Center (NOC) and Security Operations Center (SOC) teams hinder the development of a robust cyber resilience strategy. Leaders need to foster alignment on risk management goals among the organization’s leadership and board members. Furthermore, the adoption of AI-powered security operations can enhance interoperability between NOC and SOC teams.

By cultivating a culture of cyber resilience, creatively addressing the cybersecurity skills gap, and eliminating internal silos, organizations can strengthen their security posture and effectively contribute to the global effort to disrupt cybercrime.

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