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What is cyber resilience?

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You’re probably hearing the term “cyber resilience” more and more lately. But what is cyber resilience? At a literal level, the National Institute of Standards and Technology says it’s the “capability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises that use or are enabled by cyber resources.”

In practical terms, cyber resilience is a data-centric approach to enterprise data protection and security, keeping your data available and recoverable while detecting and thwarting threats before they can do harm. That means your data has the strength to fight off even the worst ransomware infections—without being down for the count while your IT recovers from the attack.

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How to keep your data safe and secure? Ask SCHOTT Schweiz AG.

630 employees. Four shifts of production per day. More than 50 billion pharmaceutical containers per year. That’s a lot of sensitive data. 

As one of the SCHOTT Group’s largest production sites for pharmaceutical packaging, SCHOTT Schweiz AG can’t afford to let any of their data come down with a case of ransomware. Luckily, they’ve built a cyber-resilience strategy—delivering a unified infrastructure with built-in data protection and security.

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Arm your data against any cyberfoe with enterprise data protection

We don’t have to tell you how important data protection is—even if you wouldn’t quite describe your strategy as cyber resilient yet. Data protection is all about backup, availability, and recovery, providing the best and last line of defense in an attack. You need to ensure that your data is available to users, instantly recoverable, and quickly restored if ransomware or another cyberfoe breaches your initial defenses.

If you arm your data with encryption, backup, and mirroring, you’ll be ready to fight off even the most sinister of cyberattacks. Now that’s true cyber resilience.

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Raising the alarm when hackers emerge

You never know what’s going to come creeping out of the cyberwoods next. Keeping your data safe is about more than just data protection—it’s also about security. After all, you can’t keep your data protected for long if there’s no alarm system keeping intruders and insider threats at bay.

When you monitor and detect threats before they reach your data, you’ll raise the alarm before it’s too late. And with layered, integrated defenses preventing access to critical data, you’ll stay cyber resilient when hackers try to take you down.

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Zero Trust: When the call is coming from inside the house

As hackers get more sophisticated, the solution for how to keep your data safe and secure is shifting. Perimeter protection is no longer enough—enterprises are asking themselves how malicious actors are gaining access to their data.

The old model: trust but verify. The new model: verify and never trust.

With a Zero Trust architecture, your data is guarded by microperimeters, which mitigate damage or loss of valuable data. No more threats coming from inside your organization. Instead, you’ll cut ransomware’s phone line and boost cyber resilience across your hybrid cloud.

Cyber Resilience Resources

Want to keep learning? Check out our resource hub page for Cyber Resilience. Watch videos, read blogs, and see documentation that will allow you to dive deeper into all things Cyber Resilience.

What is cyber resilience vs. cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is generally focused on perimeter protection against cyberthreats. Cyber resilience combines data protection and security—taking an inside-out approach to keeping data safe.

Is data security different from data privacy?

Yes. Data security relates to how to keep your data safe and secure: defending against internal, external, malicious, and accidental threats. Solutions like user access control, monitoring for anomalies, and integration for recovery all strengthen data security. Data privacy, on the other hand, focuses on how data is collected, used, and stored—often in compliance with specific laws (for example, GDPR and CCPA).

How does data governance relate to cyber resilience?

Data governance deals with the stewardship of the data. Where is it? Who has access? What kind of data do you have? These are important questions that also relate to privacy and regulatory compliance. Different industries have different requirements and regulations for data handling.

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