Don’t Forget Cybersecurity in Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

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A disaster preparedness plan helps businesses withstand any calamity. However, many businesses are unaware that cybersecurity is crucial for building a robust disaster preparedness plan.

By incorporating cybersecurity into your emergency preparedness plan, you can better protect your business during critical incidents and minimize the impact of cyber threats. This will help enhance your business’s resilience, ensuring you’re better equipped to face unexpected challenges. Here are some practical tips for improving your organization’s disaster preparedness planning:

Protect your IT infrastructure and data

Your data is a gold mine for cybercriminals who’ll do anything to get their hands on it. That’s why it’s important to strengthen your IT infrastructure to withstand any disaster. Failing to implement adequate measures to protect your data could also attract fines and lawsuits.

Pro Tips

  • Firewalls, intrusion detection systems and encryption can strengthen your cybersecurity.
  • Implementing a process to fix and update software patches regularly will help you avoid security vulnerabilities.

Back up critical data

Data loss can occur for many reasons, including cyberattacks and natural disasters. If your organization has not correctly backed up its data, recovery can be costly, time-consuming and seemingly impossible. If you want your business to survive, your disaster preparedness plan must ensure that your data remains clean, available and restorable.

Pro Tips

  • Regularly back up critical data.
  • Back up your data off-site or in the cloud.
  • Test backups regularly to verify their integrity.

Improve employee awareness

Your employees are your weakest link only if they don’t have proper training. By conducting regular security awareness training, you can improve their knowledge. It also increases employees’ ability and willingness to follow security protocols during an emergency.

Pro Tips

  • Train your employees to identify phishing attempts, report suspicious activities and follow security protocols.
  • Promote a culture of preparedness.
  • Routinely test employee preparedness through simulated scenarios or drills.

Review insurance policies    

Insurance plays a critical role in promoting disaster resilience. It can help speed up your recovery after an incident. Having property, business interruption, and cybersecurity insurance to cover all bases is a good idea.

Pro Tips  

  • Routinely review insurance policies to ensure you have proper coverage for potential risks and disasters.
  • Maintain records of your assets, inventory and financial transactions to facilitate insurance claims and recovery efforts.
  • Take the help of an insurance expert to understand current coverage and determine if additional coverage is required.

Evaluate vendor and supplier preparedness

Disasters come unannounced; any weak link in your supply chain will only increase your vulnerability. Knowing if your vendor has a disaster preparedness plan is crucial for protecting your customers and overall business operations.

Pro Tips

  • Ensure your vendors’ or suppliers’ disaster preparedness practices align with your plans.
  • Ask your vendor to share their disaster communication plan with you.
  • Recommend that your suppliers test their disaster plan at least once a year.
  • Ask them to take the help of an experienced IT service provider if you think their plan is lacking.

Review and revise your preparedness strategies

It’s essential to test your preparedness plan for weaknesses and shortcomings regularly. By testing, you can fix the gaps and strengthen your strategy. A thoroughly tested plan will protect your data and help you avoid revenue loss during an outage, cyberattack or natural disaster.

Pro Tips

  • Extensively document changes in the organization, including people, processes and resources.
  • Conduct mock tests to gauge the preparedness of your plan and employees.
  • Take the help of an IT service provider to enhance your plan. They can also carry out timely audits to test the effectiveness of your program.

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.