July 24, 2014

Cyber Security and Its Importance to an Organization

photo courtesy of vpnchoice.com

photo courtesy of vpnchoice.com

For quite some time, business continuity professionals have been associating Cyber Security as an important Business Continuity Planning (BCP) concern, but, like so many other issues in the world of BCP, without full buy-in from upper management (or the Board of Directors), it will be almost impossible to truly implement effective Cyber Security policies, plans and procedures throughout any organization.

With that point in mind, and to assist the process of increasing cyber security awareness in your company’s upper management, our staff recommends reading an article written by Edward B. (Ted) Brown III, CBCP CBCV MBCI, where Brown not only stresses the importance and need for awareness of how Cyber Security relates to your organization, but primarily presents a logical argument for what an organization needs to do to heighten that awareness and develop proactive and preventive action plans to mitigate those potential cybersecurity related risks and threats against your organization.

Brown begins that process by recognizing the fact that as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, BCP professionals must pay more attention to all security levels of their organization’s connections with everything required for that organization to successfully achieve all of their strategic objectives.

Given the growing awareness of hacker threats and the need to do something about them, Brown then suggests that the best way to protect your organization from these threats is to implement effective policies, plans and procedures which directly address and mitigate such threats.

And, finally, Brown believes that the best way to demonstrate the needs for those policies, plans and procedures to upper management is to perform a Cyber Security audit of your organization and then, evaluate, plan and implement the resulting recommendations —followed by effective measurements to allow improvement to that process over time.

Click here to read Brown’s full article and, if applicable, please pass this information along to those risk management and business continuity planning team members in your organization.

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