Cyber incident recovery delivers faster response and recovery from malicious attacks

By: Andrea Sayles

Cyber-attacks continue to plague organizations of all sizes. While IT experts are getting better at preventing cyber-attacks from happening, attacks remain a matter of “when” one will occur rather than “if” it will happen. Disruptions to day-to-day business operations can do serious damage to a company’s bottom line, client base, employee morale, and corporate reputation.

In order to ensure that organizations are equipped with the right tools to manage, analyze, and protect their critical data, systems, and business applications, they must focus more attention at all levels on building up their cyber resilience. Regardless of whether a cyber-attack causes temporary corruption of data, a specific data breach, or complete IT outage, no amount of downtime can be tolerated to maintain continuous business operations.

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With that in mind, today IBM announced the launch of IBM Resiliency Orchestration 7.3 software, available both in perpetual, subscription and ‘as a Service’ models. This software also features new Cyber Incident Recovery capabilities. The announcement once again puts IBM at the forefront of addressing our clients’ critical challenge of maintaining continuous business operations in the event of a cyber-attack. IBM continues to lead the way in developing innovative solutions that help our clients respond to and recover from attacks.

This new software and service is designed to deliver quick detection of platform configuration and data changes, and creates a golden copy of that data to reduce the impact of a business disruption. These enhancements help businesses discover anomalies faster, respond to the incident, and recover sooner with minimized loss and down time. The core components of Cyber Incident Recovery include:

  • Quick recovery to reduce downtime and meet recovery objectives
  • Efficient point-in-time data recovery to reduce storage costs
  • Immutable storage to meet regulatory compliance guidelines
  • Virtual Air-Gap access to reduce the risk of data corruption across networks
  • Data verification to ensure that backed up data remains viable post-attack

For many companies, the damage that results from a cyber-attack occurs because their traditional data recovery solutions are not properly protecting against targeted attacks to corrupt, manipulate, or steal data. Over-reliance on manual processes, outdated protocols, and inadequate levels of testing can eat up time and money that should be reallocated towards countering modern hacking techniques. Solutions like Cyber Incident Recovery are designed to address these issues and supplant ineffective programs.

Ultimately, to be cyber resilient, an organization needs to take an end to end approach in its defense against cyber-attacks, using modern technologies like AI, predictive analytics, automation, and orchestration to keep the business running uninterrupted. This process will certainly evolve as new threats emerge, but it must always be the goal of the “good guys” to use our technology and our expertise to outsmart and outlast the bad actors.

Announcement details>>>> IBM Resiliency Orchestration 7.3

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About The Author

Andrea Sayles

General Manager, IBM Business Resiliency Services

Andrea has more than 40 years of experience in IBM Sales and Services and has consistently worked to build teams responsible for IBM's leadership in our Global and Growth Markets. Andrea was named into the IBM Business Resiliency Services role in April of this year. Having a broad base of experience managing some of IBM’s... Read more