Cyber Resilience: A Reality Check On Why It Matters More Than Ever

Cyber Resiliency & Ransomware February 15, 2024

It’s impossible to overstate the significance of cyber resilience. And Nordic countries may be facing the toughest challenge. According to a recent study by Vanson Bourne and Veritas, a horrifying 86% experienced a successful cyberattack during the last two years — compared to 65% worldwide. The question remains: What is the risk of not taking proactive steps to address the risk? The answer is simple yet profoundly impactful: The escalating costs and sophistication of cybercrime.

As estimated by Statista, the worldwide aggregated cost of cybercrime in 2023 reached an astounding US $11.5 trillion. For perspective, this figure is growing at a similar pace to the economies of India, China, and the United States combined. Such a monumental figure not only highlights the financial impact of cybercrime but also underscores the urgent need for robust cyber-resilience strategies.

While a beacon of innovation and efficiency for both cybersecurity and cyber-resiliency efforts, AI has also found its way into the arsenal of cybercriminals. Bad actors are increasingly using AI for sophisticated social engineering attacks, especially during critical periods such as election years, like 2024. This dual use of AI necessitates a more intelligent and proactive approach to cybersecurity.

Five Ways to Enhance Cyber Resilience

The mantra "act now before you’re hit" has never been more relevant. The inevitability of cyberattacks means preparation isn’t optional; it's essential. Implementing key tactics such as immutability, multifactor authentication (MFA), anomaly detection, malware scanning, encryption, and isolated recovery environments (IREs) can significantly enhance your organization's cyber resilience.

Immutability: The Lifeline Protection

By ensuring your backups are immutable, you safeguard them from ransomware and other malicious alterations, essentially making your critical data untouchable.

Multifactor Authentication: The Security Gatekeeper

MFA adds an extra layer of security, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access through compromised credentials.

Anomaly Detection AI: The Watchful Eye

Leveraging AI for anomaly detection enables real-time monitoring and alerts you to unusual activities, facilitating swift action to mitigate potential threats.

Malware Scanning: The Pre-emptive Strike

Regularly scanning your systems and backups for malware ensures that your data is clean and secure, providing an essential defence mechanism against cyberthreats.

Isolated Recovery Environment: The Safe Harbor

Establishing an IRE allows you to restore data securely and rapidly, minimizing downtime and operational impact in the aftermath of an attack. It also enables you to parallelise cyber recovery with incident response or legal hold.

Towards a Minimum Viable Company

The concept of a "minimum viable company" in the context of cyber resilience refers to an organization that has implemented the foundational elements necessary to withstand and serve customers and businesses in the aftermath of a cyberattack. By focusing on these five key tactics, you can build a robust framework that not only protects against immediate threats but also prepares you for future challenges.

Next Steps

The call to action for enhanced cyber resilience is clear and pressing. In an era where the costs and capabilities of cybercrime are escalating at an unprecedented rate, it’s imperative to adopt a proactive and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. 

By embracing the principles of immutability, MFA, anomaly detection, malware scanning, and isolated recovery environments, organizations can navigate the digital landscape with confidence, safeguarding their assets, reputation, and future.

To learn more, explore our cybersecurity solutions.

Ola Rehnberg
Technical Sales Director, Nordics & Benelux