Executing new ideas in a conventional way is one of the key missteps we have seen people repeat when they are operationalizing a resilient organization. Convention tells you that to change an organization’s performance you need to change the organization by bringing together functions, capabilities and supporting technologies. Operationalizing the transformation dedicates large blocks of time planning how to come together as opposed to preparing for, and responding to, complex cyber threats and disaster issues domestically and abroad. Our increasingly Internet-enabled business relies heavily on technology to provide services to internal users and external customers. The risk environment today is more complex, interdependent, and unpredictable than ever before – organizations can suffer from crisis or disaster at any time due to a number of different sources, which can lead to loss of revenue and reputation. For example, cybercriminals (threat actors) are exploiting our conventional defense and preparedness creating cross functional agile “breach teams” and “collection teams” that identify and gain critical information and pass the information to other teams that use the collected information to adapt their attack vectors to bypass our defenses.
Organizations understand that they must have best-in-class resiliency programs that keep pace with this complex, evolving environment. To be prepared organizations are changing the traditional approach. Response and recovery capabilities are being organized into agile resiliency teams focused on creating a highly available environment able to operate critical business functions (themes) as the risks and threats change. Resiliency teams work across skill-set boundaries, become self-organized to balance load, and have a collective effectiveness measured against clear operational metrics. Measured by their ability to operate and restore effectively in adverse conditions resiliency teams create a working structure that translates goals into measureable factors. Teaming Cyber, IT, business continuity and compliance into a single workgroup encapsulates the entire critical business function allowing team to pivot quickly and adapt as they learn more about the emerging risks and threats without overhauling the entire organization.
UHY’s approach leverages our Business Cyber Resiliency Framework (BCR) which evaluates the people, process, and technology of your resiliency, providing a comprehensive view of your organization’s capabilities. We understand how to operationalize a Business Cyber Resiliency model that does not disrupt the current organization yet prepares for and is able to respond to the ever changing complex operational risks and cyber threats developing domestically and abroad.
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