This is a hot topic at the moment and can feel very confusing and overwhelming. I have identified the main things any business can do to increase their Cyber Security:
- Train Staff to recognize threats and protect information
- Have a robust back-up procedure in place
- Appropriate Infrastructure
- Keep software patches up to date
Feedback from BCP Builder Community:
- A big risk is when people use personal computers to access official files. Even if it is not allowed, it might be a temporary solution during a long term outage, which could introduce a threat.
- Personal storage devices being connected to the Network can introduce viruses.
- Access Control: Ensure that the right people have the right access but also control what external websites/data the employees have access to.
- You should have a tools down strategy for when a severe problem occurs.
- It usually starts with identification of the issue, then the War room as the heads of implementing the Business Continuity Plan begin their process.
- They will start working through the Business Continuity Plan to resume operations. Until this happens, there is this moment when staff have nothing to do. This is where you have a tools down strategy. I would implement the following:
- Reflection on task lists
- Prioritizing that list
- Develop Plan to execute task 1
- Move through your tasks until systems are back online
- There are many options for a tools down strategy. I like the concept of tidying up because of the stress release that comes from tidying up. One must remember that what works for you might not work for others and therefore feedback from staff on this strategy can help it to evolve.
If you want to increase your Organizational Resilience, start with preparing a Business Continuity Plan and check out BCP Builder’s Business Continuity Planning Templates.