Cyber Resilience refers to an organisation’s ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from and adapt to, cyber threats and incidents. This must be achieved while essential functions are maintained, and involves certain steps – including:

Taking regular risk assessments, establishing clear cyber security policies and procedures, implementing strong access controls and employing firewalls, antivirus software and more.

In addition to these steps, organisations should engage in robust data protection measures and provide regular training to all employees.

How cyber resilient is your organisation? Go through the cyber security checklist below to gain a better idea. For more insight, contact our security experts and we’ll be happy to talk. 

Cyber Security Checklist (Security verification check list on tablet on workdesk vector)

Here’s a short cybersecurity checklist to assess cyber resilience levels for an organisation

Risk Assessment

Identify and classify critical assets and data; evaluate potential threats and vulnerabilities; determine the impact of cyber-attacks on your organisation

Policies and Procedures

Ensure you have clear and up-to-date cybersecurity policies; regularly review and update security procedures; establish an incident response plan

Access Control

Implement strong authentication methods (i.e., MFA / 2FA); enforce the ‘principle of least privilege’; monitor and audit user access regularly

Network Security

Use firewalls to filter incoming and outgoing traffic; employ intrusion detection and prevention systems; encrypt sensitive data in transit

Endpoint Security

Keep all devices and software up to date; deploy antivirus and anti-malware solutions; implement device management and remote wipe capabilities

Data Backup and Recovery

Regularly backup critical data; test data recovery procedures periodically; keep backups offline or in secure locations

Employee Training

Conduct cyber security awareness training on a regular basis; educate employees about phishing and social engineering; encourage a security-conscious culture

Incident Response

Establish an incident response team; develop a clear and documented incident response plan; conduct regular drills and simulations

Monitoring and Detection

Deploy security information and event management tools; monitor network and system logs for unusual activity; set up real-time alerts for potential security breaches

Third-Party Risk Management

Assess the security practices of third-party vendors and partners; ensure third parties adhere to your security standards; have a plan for responding to third-party breaches

Compliance and Regulations

Stay compliant with industry-specific regulations (i.e., GDPR, HIPAA); regularly audit and report on compliance; understand the legal requirements for breach notifications

Cyber Security Testing

Conduct regular vulnerability assessments and penetration tests; address vulnerabilities and weaknesses promptly; test the effectiveness of security controls

Continuous Improvement

Regularly review and update your cyber security strategy; learn from past incidents and near misses; stay informed about emerging threats and technologies

Business Continuity Planning

Develop a business continuity plan (BCP) for cyber incidents; ensure critical operations can continue during disruptions; test and update the BCP periodically

Cyber Insurance

Consider investing in cyber insurance to mitigate financial risks; understand the coverage and limitations of your policy

It is important to note that cyber security is an ongoing process. Regular assessments and updates are crucial to maintaining cyber resilience. Tailor this checklist to your organisation’s specific needs and industry regulations.