5 attributes that help firms recover faster from cyberattacks 

Commvault and GigaOm were able to pinpoint five key capabilities, also called resiliency markers, that when deployed together, helped companies recover faster from cyberattacks and experience fewer breaches compared to companies that did not follow the same path. 

These are based on a global survey of 1,000 security and IT respondents across 11 countries.

These five resiliency markers emerged after data analysis teams combed through survey results across a range of topics including — how often companies were breached, what resilience technologies were (or were not) deployed, and how rapidly businesses were able to recover data and resume normal operations. 

The resiliency markers are as follows: 

1.  Security tools that enable early warning about risk, including insider risk; 

2.  A known-clean dark site or secondary system in place; 

3.  An isolated environment to store an immutable copy of the data; 

4.  Defined runbooks, roles, and processes for incident response; and 

5.  Specific measures to show cyber recovery readiness and risk. 

In assessing the results, only 13% of respondents were categorised as cyber mature. The survey yielded interesting observations. 

Cyber mature organisations, those that have deployed at least four of the five resiliency markers, recovered 41% faster than respondents with only zero or one marker. 

Overall, cyber mature organisations report experiencing fewer breaches compared with companies that have less than four markers. 

Among cyber mature organisations, 54% were completely confident in their ability to recover from a breach, compared to only 33% of less prepared organisations. 

Also, 70% of cyber mature organisations tested their recovery plans quarterly, compared to 43% of organisations with only zero or one maturity marker, that tested with this same frequency. 

“We saw significant disparities in resilience between organisations that deployed one or two of the resiliency markers versus four or five,” said Chris Ray, cybersecurity analyst at GigaOm. 

“It’s critical that organisations think about resiliency in layers,” said Ray. “Less than 85% of respondents surveyed do that today. This needs to rapidly change if companies want to be resilient and have the upper hand against bad actors.” 

Tim Zonca, VP of portfolio marketing at Commvault, said companies that just focus on testing for disaster recovery are missing the boat. 

Zonca added that, given the evolving nature of cyber threats, frequent and modern testing practices for cyber recovery are essential so environments are not re-infected and recovery processes are robust.