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Why Cyber Resilience Matters More Than Cybersecurity | by dparente | Daniel Parente | Jan, 2024 | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware | #hacking | #aihp


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Cybersecurity refers to protecting devices, networks, programs and data from cyber attacks. It focuses on prevention by setting up firewalls, using antivirus software, enforcing strong passwords etc.

But no matter how much we try to prevent cyber attacks, some attacks will still happen. This is where cyber resilience comes in.

Cyber resilience is the ability to continue operating safely, effectively and economically despite disruptions like cyber attacks.

Some reasons why cyber resilience may be more important than just cybersecurity:

No matter how strong our cyber defenses are, it is impossible to prevent all cyber attacks given how widespread networks are and how sophisticated hackers have become. For example, even big tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Equifax with huge cybersecurity budgets have suffered major breaches.

So we have to assume some attacks will happen and focus on building resilience – the ability to handle and recover from attacks.

Cyber attacks don’t just cause data loss. They can cripple operations for days causing huge economic losses.

For instance, when Maersk’s systems were hit by NotPetya ransomware in 2017, it paralyzed Maersk’s 76 port terminals causing over $300 million in losses.

Building cyber resilience with things like backup systems and contingency plans reduces downtime and costs significantly when attacks do occur.

Resilience is useful not just against cyber attacks but also server outages from fires, floods, hardware failures and even accidental deletions or configurations changes. So investing in cyber resilience gives you broad protection against all kinds of disruptions.

Some examples of cyber resilience protections:

  • Backups – Regular offline backups make it easy to restore data…

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