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Published: Prepare for and Respond to a Business Disruption After an Aggressive Cyberattack

by Roberta J. Witty  |  April 4, 2016  |  1 Comment

Prepare for and Respond to a Business Disruption After an Aggressive Cyberattack

01 April 2016 G00275607

Global boardroom awareness of the rapid increase in the scale and sophistication of cyberattacks, as well as their financial and reputational impact, is skyrocketing. To ensure effective enterprisewide risk containment, cybersecurity and BCM leaders must align their response and recovery processes.

Key Challenges

  • A successful cyberattack can shut down operations — not just for a few hours, but rather for multiple days and weeks. The collateral damage, such as information leaks, reputational damage and so on, can continue for much longer.
  • Backup systems, applications and data may also be infected and, therefore, of little usable value during response and recovery operations in the short term — they may need to be cleansed before they can be used for recovery.
  • Cyberattacks can easily derail your documented and tested RTOs and recovery point objectives because production and recovery IT assets are likely to be infected.
  • Computer security incident response teams may not be aware of BCM automation solutions that can be leveraged for faster and more comprehensive response and recovery actions after a cyberattack.

Here’s the full article: you might need Gartner credentials to access it: Prepare for and Respond to a Business Disruption After an Aggressive Cyberattack .

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Tags: cyberattack  

Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio


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