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Adding resilience to cybersecurity defences [Part 2] | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Are you surprised that major organizations investing heavily in cybersecurity defences are nonetheless victims of data breaches and ransomware attacks? Are we giving these organizations more credit than they deserve, or is it impossible to defend against every attack? The reality is that it is impossible to thwart every attack. However, minimizing the scope and consequences of successful intrusions is possible with cybersecurity resilience.

Cybersecurity resilience refers to an organization’s ability to withstand and recover from cyber threats, incidents, or disruptions. It encompasses a comprehensive set of practices, strategies, and technologies designed to:

  1. Protect networks, information systems and data comprehensively.
  2. Detect and respond to cybersecurity incidents quickly.
  3. Minimize the impact of data breaches and ransomware attacks.
  4. Maintain compliance with a growing list of cybersecurity-related regulations.

This article explores the critical elements of cybersecurity resilience and their importance in safeguarding organizations against cyber threats as these increase in frequency and sophistication.

You can read Part 1 at this link.

Network segmentation

Operating a single or flat network is the simplest, but far less secure.

Implement network segmentation, using bridges and routers to divide a network into smaller, isolated segments. The significant benefits include the ability to:

  1. Limit the spread of potential security incidents.
  2. Simplify isolating incidents and quickly identifying threats.
  3. Limit third-party access.
  4. Improve performance and decrease congestion.
  5. Minimize the impact of network component failures.

Best practices for secure and resilient network operation include:

  1. Audit and monitor your network to identify subnetwork gaps that intruders can exploit.
  2. Configure legitimate network paths to simplify access to resources while making the use of illegitimate paths easier to recognize.
  3. Don’t over-segment because it adds unnecessary complexity and makes it more challenging to manage the network.
  4. Visualize your network to understand traffic better and anticipate issues.
  5. Combine similar network resources.

Security awareness and training

Simple human errors, negligence and occasional malicious actions significantly contribute to cybersecurity incidents.

Organizations must invest in comprehensive security awareness and training programs to educate employees about common threats, phishing attacks, social engineering techniques, and best practices for safe online behaviour. By promoting a security-conscious culture, organizations can empower employees to become a resilient line of defence against cyber threats.

Vendor and supply chain security

Almost all organizations rely on third-party vendors for various products and services. These vendors are a cybersecurity risk, especially when using electronic data exchange.

Ensuring the security of these external partners is crucial for overall cybersecurity resilience. Organizations should conduct due diligence to assess the security posture of vendors, establish contractual obligations for security requirements, and regularly monitor their compliance.

Security policies and procedures

Vague or non-existent cybersecurity policies cause inadequate responses to inevitable incidents.

Clear and well-defined security policies and procedures lay the foundation for a resilient cybersecurity posture. These policies should describe the following topics:

  1. Access controls that define multiple roles for networks, systems, and data.
  2. Data classification for multiple restriction levels.
  3. Incident response procedure.
  4. Employee awareness training content and frequency.
  5. Secure software development practices.

By establishing guidelines and best practices, organizations promote a security-aware culture and improve adherence to cybersecurity policies.

Regular security testing and auditing

Conducting regular security assessments, penetration testing, and vulnerability scanning identify weaknesses and gaps in an organization’s defences. These proactive measures enable organizations to remediate vulnerabilities before malicious actors exploit them. Additionally, regular security audits help ensure compliance with relevant industry standards and regulations.

Incident review and lessons learned

After experiencing a security incident, organizations should conduct a thorough post-incident analysis to understand the root causes, the effectiveness of response measures, and areas for improvement. Incorporating lessons learned from previous incidents strengthens an organization’s resilience and helps prevent similar incidents in the future.


In conclusion, cybersecurity resilience requires a holistic approach that combines risk assessment, robust security policies, effective incident response planning, continuous monitoring, access controls, data backup and recovery, network segmentation, security awareness, and vendor management. By incorporating these key elements, organizations can enhance their ability to withstand cyber threats, minimize the impact of incidents, and quickly recover from potential breaches.


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