BSI urges businesses to move towards ‘information resilience’

Published: Tuesday, 02 April 2019 08:27

In today’s quickly evolving cyber landscape, organizations must achieve a state of information resilience in order to safeguard not only their data but also their people, their finances and their reputation. That was the overriding message at the inaugural BSI International Cyber Resilience Exchange which took place recently at The Convention Centre, Dublin.

The Exchange, which featured some of the world’s foremost cyber-intelligence experts, gave an audience of Irish and international business leaders an opportunity to understand how to protect their organizations’ information against the threat of cyber attack.

Achieving information resilience

Delegates heard that corporate best practice has moved beyond the ability to respond to security incidents to properly securing and protecting data assets in the first place. According to BSI, it is the responsibility of organizations – and their senior executives – to ensure information systems are available and secure at all times.

“Achieving a state of information resilience does not need to be complicated but it does need to involve the entire business, from senior management right down to entry level employees,” said BSI’s Michael Bailey. “Through testing, training, awareness and other information security-minded practices, organizations can ensure they are ready for the unexpected, at all times.”

A panel discussion at the event explored the topic of ‘Securing the future’, featuring Sian John MBE, Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor, and Dr Jessica Barker, an expert in the human nature of cybersecurity, who were joined by Stephen O’Boyle Global Head of Professional Services at BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience, and Conor Hogan, Senior Manager Information Governance at BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience.

The discussion focussed strongly on the importance of integrating cyber and information security within the core business operation rather than as an ‘add-on’ that is seen as separate to the business.

The panel agreed that data security is an essential contributor to an organization’s wider productivity. In this sense, a greater emphasis on technology and security at Board level can accelerate the organization’s journey towards information resilience.