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Why Cyberresiliency Matters for Power Systems Clients

IBMer Allison Ferguson explains why the ability to recover from an attack is imperative in today's business environment.

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Q: Why does cyberresilience matter for IBM Power Systems clients?

The number of cyberattacks—and their resulting business impact—has grown significantly in recent years. Cyberbreaches are no longer a question of if, but when. The cost of a data breach can be enormous, including  financial loss, business disruption, damage to business reputation and regulatory actions. 

Traditional disaster recovery (DR) solutions are not designed to recover IT from cyberdisruptions. As a result, a recovery may take too long or the recovery itself may fail. In today’s digital world, every second of that disruption counts. Early detection and quick recovery allow organizations to mitigate risk and business impact of cyberdisruptions as well as enable continuous business operations.

The Advantages of Strong Cyberresilience Practices

Strong cyberresilience practices and infrastructure enable an organization to continue to function with the least amount of disruption in the face of cyberattacks. These comprise an integrated approach that brings together cybersecurity, business continuity and network resilience of enterprises to ensure they continue to function during and after cyberincidents.

By bringing these facets together, organizations are able to:

  • Identify risks and vulnerabilities, allowing them to pinpoint business-critical applications and their associated risks, analyze the potential business impact of disruption and assess business continuity and DR readiness
  • Safeguard business-critical applications and data before they’re exploited using air-gapped data protection and immutable storage technologies, including DS8000 Safeguarded Copy, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and IBM Tape
  • Detect data corruption and configuration anomalies to quickly find changes in system configuration files using automated testing and verification of backed-up data to help trigger rapid response and reduce downtime
  • Respond to changes in configuration and data to address unauthorized changes in configurations and data using an IBM Spectrum® Protect dashboard that provides real-time visibility into open vulnerabilities and RPO/RTO deviations
  • Recover access to critical applications and data to efficiently rebuild mission-critical business applications, restore data from air-gapped backup and rapidly and reliably recover IT systems from cyberincidents
The IBM cyberresilience approach uses advanced technologies and best practices to help assess risks, prioritize and protect business-critical applications and data, and rapidly recover IT during and after a cyberattack. The IBM cyberresilience approach focuses on:
  • Enterprise data protection by providing customers with a hybrid multicloud immutable storage environment empowered by the latest in cyberresilience techniques for secured data protection
  • Cyberattack preparation that provides protection and continues to play a crucial role in the defense against cyberresilience. IBM Storage is unique with its software foundation for storage providing detection, end-to-end encryption for data at rest as well as data in flight, along with the ability to handle large, site level detection and recovery in minutes.
  • The ability to meet or exceed business SLAs by delivering solutions to meet all levels of RTO/RPO requirements
  • Improving cycles of defining recover plans, developing recovery test scenarios, and performing cycles of testing to improve the organization’s defense against vulnerabilities

IBM cyberresilience solutions provide rapid recovery of business applications, optimized intelligent automation, and secure corporate environments to mitigate cyber risks and maintain ongoing operation. Together with the right architecture, infrastructure and processes, IBM Storage can help businesses continue in the event of a cyberattack. 

Allison Ferguson is a business development manager for IBM Systems Storage Software Solutions. 

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