Most organizations understand the need to prepare for physical catastrophes — events such as fires, natural disasters or theft. And as a result, companies have infrastructures in place to help them recover and get back in business should any of those disasters occur. But things look alarmingly different when it comes to cybersecurity preparedness.
In 2016, a report by the NTT Group indicated that less than a quarter of organizations are prepared to respond effectively to a cybersecurity incident. This is despite evidence, provided in a 2015 DTI/PricewaterhouseCoopers report, that 70 percent of businesses that experience a major data loss incident are out of business within a year.
Cybersecurity disaster recovery shouldn’t be a secondary consideration — it should be a central concern, with plans developed in conjunction with a business continuity strategy. Of course, a significant barrier, particularly for small businesses, is not knowing how to get started or what steps to take along the way.
Here are a few key steps in launching a successful recovery plan.
How to Create a Cybersecurity Disaster Response Plan
- Identify critical resources: Consider your high-priority hardware, software and data. Inventory these items to get a better picture of what must be protected in an incident.
- Plan backups and duplication: You’ll need duplicates of critical software programs necessary for reinstallations. Backups for your hardware assets and data are crucial, too.
- Decide whether an internal or vendor-supported recovery strategy works best: Larger companies with sufficient resources may opt to use data centers of their own to support recovery. Organizations with less financial heft should consider outside vendors with established infrastructure.
- Document the procedure: Depending on your security staff and their expertise, you may want to consult with a specialty vendor for this process.
- Test your plan regularly: Bringing the plan from paper to reality is a key to its success. You’ll need to periodically test the capabilities of your plan and the employees responsible for its effectiveness.
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