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Your Guide to Cyber Disaster Recovery Planning

When it comes to cyber security, many organizations are inclined to promote best practices that focus on prevention. Compared to a “sit-and-wait,” reactive approach, where organizations shut down threats as they present themselves, tactical measures like continuous monitoring, threat intelligence and penetration testing are often more effective for stopping incidents. And with the Ponemon Institute placing the average cost of a security incident at $12.7 million, it’s easy to see why preventive solutions are more cost-effective as well.

While prevention is essential to an organization’s cyber security strategy, it’s only part of the equation. Companies also need a safety net. Today’s advanced persistent threats are increasingly challenging in their sophistication, so a detailed disaster recovery plan is also crucial.

The critical functions of cyber disaster recovery planning are to effectively anticipate areas where impacts can occur, define what those impacts could be and detail multi-functional plans for minimizing those impacts. For these functions to take shape, a recovery plan needs the following components:

  1. Commitment from leadership and a governance plan. An organization’s upper-level management needs to be responsible for recovery planning in order for the plan to gain the momentum it needs. There also needs to be a clearly defined set of roles and responsibilities for governing the program.
  1. Identification and prioritization of risks. Since anticipating risks is critical to the success of a recovery plan, an organization needs to complete a detailed risk assessment. Then, with a clear picture of its vulnerabilities, the company can ensure its risks are prioritized appropriately.
  1. Recovery methodologies. The methodology for a particular recovery can take different forms. Whether it’s a hardware or software solution, a database backup or even a report out to an agency, every potential incident needs appropriate follow-up actions. Working with an experienced consultant can help more easily define these actions.
  1. Documentation. Without precise documentation, recovery plans are not repeatable. Detailing the actions and steps in your recover plan is a core component that shouldn’t be ignored.

For companies that don’t have significant experience developing disaster recovery plans, planning process may seem like an unwieldy task. However, this shouldn’t be a deterrent. Lunarline helps organizations develop highly effective plans by providing end-to-end consulting, assessment tools and even documentation support.

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About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.