The Last Line of Defence: Backup & Disaster Recovery

In the world of football, defenders are grossly underrated. But their importance can be realized from the words of one of the most decorated football managers of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, who famously said, "Attack wins you games, defense wins you titles."

Interestingly, that philosophy applies to cybersecurity as well. When bad actors bypass the first line of defense and make it through to the systems, it is up to the last line of defense to thwart their progress and prevent them from scoring a goal.

As an IT services provider in Merseyside and Lancashire, we consulted with numerous local businesses to solidify the last line of defense. And the two defenders that, more often than not, outmuscle opponents are backup and disaster recovery. Let's explore their role in cybersecurity in great detail.

Disaster Recovery: The Best Left Centre Back Ever

Left-footed center-backs are always considered aesthetically appealing. They are technically more gifted and more skilled. However, their rarity compared to right-footed center-backs also gives them an edge. In cybersecurity, disaster recovery fits that image perfectly. It is elegant and versatile in that it keeps your IT infrastructure functioning even during and after a data breach.

Data breaches disrupt critical business functions, especially those reliant on digital technologies. This disrupted period is called downtime. Downtime can lead to significant financial losses and damage a business's reputation. For example, Facebook lost over $65 million in an hour-long downtime in 2021. A well-thought-out disaster recovery plan ensures your business functions by rapidly restoring operations. It involves comprehensive strategies to safeguard critical data, applications, and systems. This proactive approach ensures that data loss is minimized, and the organization can recover quickly from an adverse event.

While disaster recovery is integral to cybersecurity policy, it goes beyond that. Disaster recovery is closely linked with business continuity planning. It encompasses not only IT-related aspects but also considers broader business processes, personnel, and communication strategies to ensure a seamless continuation of operations in the face of a disaster.

Backup: The Right Centre Back You Need in Your Team

A god-gifted left centre back isn't enough. They need a reliable ally to defend the territory. And there's no better candidate than the classic data backups. Data backups have been practiced since humans learned to write on paper. Our noble ancestors would quickly produce multiple copies of a written piece for distribution and preservation purposes. In cybersecurity, data backup serves the same purpose.

Backups are incredibly valuable during ransomware attacks. Ransomware attacks, where cybercriminals encrypt data and demand payment for its release, are prevalent threats. Data backups provide a way to restore systems to a previous state before the ransomware infection occurred. This mitigates the impact of such breaches, significantly reducing the cost.

Backup files also reduce downtime. In a cyber incident, quick recovery is essential to minimize downtime. Data backups facilitate faster restoration of systems, applications, and files, enabling businesses to resume operations swiftly. Data backups are also necessary from a compliance standpoint. Many industries have regulatory requirements mandating the protection and retention of certain data. The National Cyber Security Centre recommends businesses back up sensitive data in a secure cloud. Regular data backups help businesses comply with these regulations, avoiding legal consequences and financial penalties.

Cyber Security Analytics: The Perfect No. 6

During an attack, the center-backs are allied by an ever-reliable no. 6, also known as defensive mid. Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, and Patrick Vieira are legends for a reason. Their passing ability and defensive skills make them a threat to any team at any moment.

Cybersecurity Analytics serves that role in data security. It assists the midfield and forwards in offensive runs. Therefore, it plays a role in the front line of cybersecurity. And when attackers break through, it drops down, assisting the center-backs in thwarting the assault.

The analytics tools in cybersecurity platforms are trained to recognize patterns, anomalies, and indicators of compromise. It employs behavioral analysis to understand normal patterns of user and system behavior. Any deviations from these patterns can be flagged as potential security incidents. This approach is particularly effective in detecting insider threats and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

In the event of a cyberattack, cybersecurity analytics plays a crucial role in incident response. It provides insights into the attack vectors, the extent of the compromise, and the tactics used by cybercriminals. This information is invaluable for mitigating the impact of the breach and preventing further damage.

Incident Response Plan: Manager at Helm

A team of superstars can function at their peak only when there's a gifted manager. Ask Liverpool fans with Jurgen Klopp in charge or Barcelona fans during the Guardiola era. In cybersecurity, especially during a breach, that management comes from an incident response plan.

Containing a data breach requires coordinated efforts from various teams within an organization, including IT, legal, public relations, and management. A response plan outlines specific steps to be taken, roles and responsibilities, and communication protocols, enabling the organization to respond promptly and effectively.

Beyond the immediate response, an incident response plan outlines recovery and system restoration strategies. This includes restoring critical systems, validating their integrity, and implementing measures to prevent a similar incident in the future, contributing to business continuity. In other words, a response plan goes hand in hand with backup and data recovery services.

By implementing the four members in your cybersecurity team, you solidify your last line of defense. Contact us today to learn more.

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