Does your business continuity planning include what to do in case of a cybersecurity disaster?
Emergency preparedness is essential for smooth emergency response – and the faster you respond to an emergency, the better. September is National Preparedness Month. As you’re reviewing the other disaster preparedness plans in your life, it’s time to make sure that your business continuity planning is still up to date, especially around cybersecurity.
You Do Have a Cybersecurity Disaster Plan, Right?
Do you have a plan for what to do if you have a data breach? How about if you can’t access your offices? What if one of your key team members is unable to respond to an emergency? Or, if some other cybersecurity disaster occurs, like a ransomware attack or a malicious insider incident?
Every business should have a Business Continuity Plan. It’s essential that everyone be on the same page and ready to mitigate damage in the event of a disaster. Whether it’s a cyberattack, a Dark Web fueled hacking incident, natural disaster, a pandemic, a weather event, or something more dire, disaster can strike at any second – as we all learned this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic became part of our lives.
When it comes to cybersecurity considerations in your business continuity plan, it’s essential to start at the most basic level and build out to make sure that you’ve covered every angle.
Mitigating the damage from a social engineering attack is very different from defending against a ransomware attack. Each type of incident will require its own response.
Here are a few steps to take when creating your cybersecurity disaster plan that can help you determine what individual disaster scenarios your business might face in terms of cybersecurity, and help you build a plan to make sure that your business is covered.
Keep Important Information Accessible but Protected
One of the easiest ways to make sure that everyone has access to what they need to begin remediation and recovery in the event of a cybersecurity-related disaster is to use a Secure Shared Password Vault. With a Secure Shared Password Vault, companies are more easily able to make sure that staffers have access to essential administrator and privileged user credentials, but they’re stored securely to keep them safe from cybercriminals.
In your Secure Shared Password Vault, you can store the credentials that techs would need to reset servers, access backups, perform administration tasks in business applications, unlock devices, and other essential functions that may be required to mitigate damage or restart systems in case of emergency. Plus, by putting those credentials in secure cloud storage, you reduce the danger of staff password sharing and ensure that they can be accessed whenever they’re needed, anytime, anywhere, eliminating the need to track someone down for a password in tumultuous times.
Create Less Stress When You’re In a Mess
No business is disaster-proof. Your business will experience problems, and not having a concrete plan for solving them will cost you time and money. By creating a clear business continuity plan and including emergency responses for potential cybersecurity disasters, you can make sure that your business is ready for anything and able to keep running no matter what challenge crops up.
Contact us at [email protected] for assistance in setting up your Business Continuity plan. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. For additional information, please visit www.necgnet.com/services/data-backup-recovery-business-continuity/.