Beyond prevention: A cyber resiliency strategy for the modern business

By: Peter Schulz


As our cyber resiliency strategies have become more sophisticated, so have the cyberattacks. There was a time when prevention was good enough, when cyber resiliency was as simple as stopping an attack before it happened. But once an attacker gets past your first line of defenses, your business continuity and resiliency depends on having something more.

Prevention is, of course, still an important component of any strategy, but cyberattacks aren’t a question of “if” anymore — these days, it’s a matter of when. Will you be equipped to detect an attack when it breaches your defenses?

Part of the reason cyberattacks have become increasingly inevitable is because the way we work has changed — we’re more connected than ever. Increasing cyberactivity, digital transformation and evolving regulatory scrutiny require an enhanced response to adverse events. Rather than let the fear of cyberattackers send us back into the Stone Age, we have to adjust our approach toward resiliency.

We should implement end-to-end strategies that allow us to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyberthreats while minimizing overall business impact. The demand is growing for organizations to be prepared with whatever is necessary to stay ahead of attackers and keep programs current with business expectations.

DRJ Spring World

To achieve this, businesses must construct a modern cyber resiliency program with agile principles, orchestrated to unique objectives, managed with transparency and auditable for compliance. Implementing a predictive and proactive cyber resiliency program with cognitive, orchestrated and automated backup and disaster recovery solutions can go a long way toward keeping your brand reputation safe and your clients satisfied.

I’ll be speaking more about cyber and application resiliency orchestration at DRJ’s Spring World conference in March. I invite you to come to my session and explore how a modern lifecycle approach to cyber resiliency can help you meet the always-on expectations of modern business.

The IBM Cyber Resilience Lifecycle Program combines information security, business continuity, disaster recovery and agile network solutions to help protect your critical assets, detect threats and immediately respond to and recover from attacks. To learn more about the IBM Cyber Resilience Lifecycle Program, or for any questions regarding business resiliency and continuity, schedule a one-on-one consultation with an IBM expert.

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About The Author

Peter Schulz

Product Manager, IBM Resiliency Orchestration

Peter Schulz is a product management leader for Resiliency Orchestration. He has over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software space, specializing in virtualization, cloud, and orchestration.