by Brandon Bekker, managing director for Africa and Middle East at Mimecast
2017 was the year ransomware attacks like WannaCry, Petya and Bad Rabbit wreaked havoc on some of the world’s largest businesses and most prominent organisations, forcing business decision makers to sit up and pay attention to cyber security.
We can expect even more hacks in 2018 and businesses need to start thinking about adopting a cyber resilience strategy rather than focusing on cyber security only.
A cyber resilience strategy focuses on not only combating attacks but on ensuring continuity when an attack causes servers to go down and fast recovery after a threat is neutralised.
Downtime costs businesses productivity which could lead to a loss of customers and revenue.
A cyber resilience strategy will ensure businesses are prepared to quickly and seamlessly switch to an available service, should downtime due to a cyber-attack occur.
Mimecast will continue to focus on helping organisations manage their email and improve cyber resilience in the cloud.
As cyber-attacks on organisations and individuals become increasingly common, businesses will need to ensure they have comprehensive cyber resilience strategies in place.
An effective strategy will ensure networks are kept secure from targeted threats, that email remains up and running during an attack and that companies are able to recover data after an attack, with a secure multipurpose archive.