Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving concern in business continuity, and for good reason. The landscape changes so quickly that you must be prepared to adapt your plans, resiliency tactics, and protection as soon as the threats shift. In some ways, it’s much easier to prepare for natural disasters or physical disruptions. Though unpredictable in their own ways, they feature patterns that are recognizable and thus templates have been created over the years for quick and smooth recovery. When it comes to digital threats and issues with cybersecurity, it’s often brand new territory, making prep difficult, and bouncing back even harder. So how can you prepare for something you can’t see coming? Here are a few things to consider as we head into 2019, still just as digitally dependent on our business’ online systems as ever.
We’ve Talked About This Before
This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed cybersecurity at MissionMode. We keep coming back to it because it’s an important, but often easily forgotten, part of your business continuity plans and your incident management capabilities. Every day, there are new threats entering the landscape, sneaking their way into your employees’ inboxes through links that sometimes look disturbingly official, through not-quite-fishy-enough phone calls that slip past the radar. Sometimes your information can be compromised from an attack outside of your company. If a client clicks on a link in an email and has information connected to your proprietary information, you can get hacked that way, too. There are countless angles from which a digital attack can happen, preparing for all of them is nearly impossible, but preparing for as many of them as possible is absolutely necessary.
Getting Ahead of the Problem
Knowledge is power when it comes to cybersecurity, and that is true at several different levels. You need knowledge about the current threat landscape, what types of attacks are happening and where they are sneaking in the most, and someone needs to make sure they are regularly keeping up with what’s changing there. But you need more than that. You need organization-wide knowledge and preventative practices. Put together and distribute guidelines on what NOT to do when you get an email that you don’t recognize or weren’t informed would be coming through. Do the same for phone calls and any request for information. Your employees are your first line of defense, so making sure they are as equipped to handle and detect potential attacks before they occur is key.
Beyond keeping your employees educated, frequent updates to your company’s overall BC plan to accommodate new threat types or lessons learned from any major attacks happening in the media will help you create the most comprehensive, and up-to-date cybersecurity recovery strategies possible.
Keeping Cybersecurity Airtight
Keep proprietary and sensitive information in as tight of circles as possible. The fewer people that have access to critical information, the fewer chances an attacker has to get into it. Invest in your security. From secure servers to additional cybersecurity measures and more, investing in your digital security upfront can save you time, effort, and serious financial damages in the aftermath of an attack. As much as you can put into keeping your cybersecurity airtight, do.
The threat landscape in the digital world is forever changing, and being able to adapt your plans quickly to accommodate is an absolute necessity. With mobile access, in-depth expertise and helping organizations prepare for all kinds of potential business disruptions, and robust features to help you prepare, react, and build resiliency, MissionMode can help with the entirely of your business continuity plan, cybersecurity included.
MissionMode is the trusted leader in providing organizations with an effective and reliable emergency notification and incident management system, specifically designed to handle your organization’s needs from end to end. The MissionMode Notification Center allows our clients to send two-way multimodal notifications to employees during times of crisis. Our Situation Center acts as a virtual command center in times of emergency or during a business disruption, helping our clients to successfully manage the given emergency by enabling your team to be activated in a virtual setting, performing assigned tasks and checklists related to the given incident from onset to resolution.
From incident management to mass notification to interactive field communications, mobile control, integrated weather planning and more, MissionMode’s team of seasoned and certified emergency managers and business continuity practitioners are dedicated to being a reliable partner in your incident management and mass communication needs.