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Cyber resilience—the muscle behind cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is top of mind for any organization. And for good reason. With a ransomware attack happening every 11 seconds, it’s not a matter of if, but when your business will be a target. In fact, 66% of organizations were hit with a ransomware attack in 2021. With the cost of recovering from an attack averaging $1.4 million, the impact of cyberattacks is real. To minimize downtime, data loss, and financial damage from an attack, you need more than cybersecurity—you need cyber resilience.

So, what’s the difference between cybersecurity and cyber resilience? Let’s dig in.

No organization is 100% safe

Let’s face it. Cybercriminals are getting smarter by the day. Over the past year, 72% of organizations saw an increase in the volume, complexity, or impact of cyberattacks. Even the most secure environments can’t avoid modern attacks, and the results can be devastating. According to a recent Sophos survey:

  • 90% of ransomware attacks affected an organization’s ability to operate.
  • 86% of ransomware attacks caused loss of business and/or revenue.
  • The average time to recover from an attack is 1 month.

And that’s not all… when a ransomware attack occurs, only 4% of organizations who pay the ransom actually get all their data back. The average victim loses 39% of their data.

The bottom line: Cybersecurity solutions that are built to protect against an attack are not enough.

Cyber resilience is the secret to beating cybercriminals

It’s the downtime and data loss in the aftermath of an attack that drive up risks and costs. Many organizations have cyberinsurance, but policies typically don’t cover all the costs of a ransomware attack. And no matter how hard these organizations try, they can’t bring back lost data.

To come out ahead of cybercriminals, you need to take your cybersecurity strategies and techniques to the next level: cyber resilience.

Cyber resilience is a combination of protection to detect and to prevent attacks and recovery capabilities to keep your business running even if an intruder breaches your security perimeter or there’s malicious activity from the inside. When it comes to protecting your business, the best defense is a good offense. Cyber resilience helps make sure that you have the right security and data protection in place before an attack happens—so you are prepared and can survive whatever cybercriminals throw your way.

Deploy the dynamic duo

Downtime and data loss are kryptonite for any business. But cyber resilience provides the dynamic duo of protection and recovery to fight off hackers. NetApp can help you build a cyber-resilience strategy with solutions that deliver rock-solid data protection and fast recovery.

NetApp® solutions for cyber resilience include powerful, robust data management; intelligent data and user monitoring; and professional services to help your organization at any stage of its preparation and management.

Now that you’re up to speed on what cyber resilience is, stay tuned for my next blog post to find out why native protection in primary storage is important for true cyber resilience.

Jason Blosil

Jason is a business and marketing professional with over 20 years of product marketing, product management, and corporate finance experience. Since joining NetApp in 2008 he has been focused on SAN and NAS storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, and cloud data services. When not in the office, you can find him cycling, cooking, enjoying time with family, and volunteering at his church and in the community.

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