Proactive, prioritized, and purposeful planning is essential for an organization to become cyber resilient.

In the world of cybersecurity threats, there are knowns and unknowns. 

As organizations continue to adopt new technologies and digitize every aspect of their revenue generation, attackers are constantly evolving to strike where it may hurt an organization most. Where and when the next threat will strike, what form it will take, and which vulnerabilities will be exposed are all unknowns. What is known is that, eventually, all organizations will experience breaches and disruptions. 

It may seem impossible to plan and prepare for a world of unknown threats, and that’s why at West Monroe, we’re changing the cybersecurity paradigm from trying to measure risk—which is an intangible—to evaluating the ability to withstand an attack, minimize operational disruption, and bounce back quickly: a holistic approach to cyber risk planning known as resilience. Rather than thinking about cybersecurity in narrow terms as a technology or IT issue, or simply a compliance exercise in protecting consumer data, our Cyber Resiliency Mandate is all about how to holistically implement process and procedures throughout the organization to limit the business impact of a security incident.

Proactive, prioritized, and purposeful planning is essential for an organization to become resilient. We have distilled our lessons learned in the field into guidelines for what to do before, during, and after a cyberattack. In all three stages, there are crucial elements that, if implemented correctly, will ensure a posture of cyber resiliency.

In this paper, you will learn: 

  • How to prepare for a cyberattack in a proactive way 
  • What steps to take during a cyberattack to resume business 
  • How to get back up and running after an attack