How To Tie Cybersecurity Into Your DR Plan

When creating a compound strategy for your business, cybersecurity and disaster recovery form the ultimate tag team.

Millions of cyber threats surround today’s digital landscape, and some are strong enough to keep your entire business out of commission for a long time. And what it comes to network security, you can never be too careful. Just because you have a firewall system and some antivirus software installed doesn’t mean that you will be safe. As technology evolves, cyber attacks intensify, which increases the likelihood of your network being invaded by a hacker. When this occurs, you could be endangered to lose any of your hard-earned valuables.

This won’t happen when you incorporate cybersecurity into your disaster recovery (DR) strategy, because when these two elements complement each other, you can expect:

  • An unscathed business
  • Technology that operates in peak form
  • A firm grasp on your most valuable data

This blog will show you how these two elements work together to create the perfect risk management solution.

Where Does Cybersecurity Fit In With My DR Plan?

Disaster recovery and cybersecurity form the best combination since peanut butter and jelly, especially when they are under the same service bundle. Simply put, cybersecurity streamlines all DR initiatives, making the road to business recovery so much easier. When this program is incorporated into your DR plan, you’ll have fewer data to restore, which enables you to rehabilitate your business back to a stable operating form.

In order to align both of these elements together, you’ll need to follow these three steps:

Define the Most Important Priorities

Data is the backbone for practically any business, regardless of its size or industry. With that said, it’s important to note that not all business data is created equal. This is why you need to shield each data set with a different level of protection. The key action during this phase of cybersecurity planning is prioritization. Identify which files are most sensitive and carry a higher overall value. In order to keep sensitive information out of harm’s reach, make sure that you are planning for the worst case scenario, keeping your passwords encrypted, and backing up critical files in offsite data centers.

Always meet with your managed service provider (MSP) before you put your cybersecurity strategy and DR plan into effect. This gives you the opportunity to construct the perfect protection program for your most important assets.

Plan Against Select Threats

While there are millions of hazards circulating around the web, it’s important to know that not every cyber threat bears the same amount of danger. Many cybersecurity risks carry various levels of strength. Even one data breach can hold enough power to take your entire business out of operation. Educate yourself on different types of cyber threats and develop specific defense strategies to help fend off as many cyber hazards as possible.

On the other side of things, make sure that your backup and recovery plan applies to each individual threat. You’ll want to especially plan for threats that carry ransomware and malware viruses.

Pave the Road to Recovery

It takes a lot of work to get your business back up and running following the impact of a disaster, whether it’s physical or virtual. To get your operation performing at normal speed, your disaster recovery plan needs to revolve around three critical activities:

  • Disaster containment
  • Threat eradication
  • Data restoration

The digital landscape is crawling with a variety of unique threats so you’re recovery strategy needs to be adaptable to each individual scenario. Make sure that your network is constantly monitored by an experienced cybersecurity specialist. This will help you identify existing vulnerabilities in your IT system so that you know what needs the most protection. From there, establish DR blueprint that is applicable to all of those specific discoveries.

When cybersecurity is incorporated into your DR plan, you’ll be able to identify and neutralize incoming attacks. This helps speed up business continuity and will allow you to focus on what’s most important—serving your customers and growing your business.

Disaster Recovery Planning Done Right With CTMS

When it comes to cybersecurity, there is no one better to have in your corner than the CTMS team. We have the skills, resources, and know-how to keep your computer systems at its most optimal level. We build custom solutions that will help you protect sensitive data from any type of potential threat. With our team by your side, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your sharpest cybersecurity professionals safeguarding your most coveted data.

Give us a call and plan your free security evaluation with our team today.