In light of the very recent WannaCry ransomware cyber attack that has impacted more than 230,000 victims in over 150 countries since it began last week, it is more important now than ever to be thinking about your organization’s business resiliency, specifically your business continuity plan and IT disaster recovery plan. Should your organization experience any type of business disruption—such as a cyberattack—the best defense is having not only a plan, but also a crisis communications platform that will aid in the management of such an event.
Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017
Given the recent cyber attack, it’s perfect timing for Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) which is happening now—May 15-19, 2017, and this year’s theme is dedicated to Cyber Security.
This annual global event is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). The purpose of BCAW is to provide a vehicle to raise the awareness of and to showcase the value of Business Continuity Management as an integrated part of an organization’s strategy.
BCAW opens up the doors to anyone who wants to find out more about what business continuity is all about and how it might benefit their own organization. The BCI educates organizations on the importance of business continuity planning by sharing experiences, knowledge, and best practices. This year they are focused on “Building Resilience by Improving Cyber Security.”
Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan/Cyber Security Plan
If you don’t already have an IT disaster recovery plan that encompasses a cyber security strategy, this week is a great time to begin this process and engage in these conversations with your team. Get your leadership involved. Hopefully, they’ll be more than willing, given the current cyber events. Make sure your business continuity plan or IT disaster recovery plan takes cyber attacks into consideration by recognizing:
Size does not matter.
Smaller companies are easier targets and need to be equally wary of an attack.
The inexperienced are the most complacent.
As soon as business leaders and companies deal with a cyber breach close to home, they are more likely to galvanize the troops to prevent one from making a direct hit.
Educate employees on their roles.
Some people whether employees or customers are often the weakest link in a security chain. Training is critical to an organization’s success and resiliency.
Clear communication is key.
Communicate what you know, when you know it during a cyberattack or any other IT crisis just as you would with any other situation that impacts your organization.
Plan for the worst.
When preparing your cyber-security strategy, definitely discard the rose-colored glasses and plan for the worst-case scenario.
How to Use This Information
Preparing your organization’s business continuity team and IT department to deal with a potential cyber breach is time well spent. Communication and incident management during a breach situation are key pieces of your company’s planning and response success.
MissionMode’s emergency notification and incident management tools are perfectly adapted to help your team keep communications open and recovery plans moving forward during a cyber attack or IT breach situation.