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Embracing Cybersecurity Resilience: A Call to Action for Businesses in the Hybrid Era

Dr Magda Chelly
Managing Director at Responsible Cyber

In an ever-changing digital landscape, it is essential for businesses to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards hybrid working models, where employees operate from multiple devices and locations, connecting to various networks. This new reality has significantly expanded the threat landscape and increased the potential for security risks. As a cybersecurity expert and a member of the World Economic Forum New Champions Community, I firmly believe that organizations must adapt and embrace cybersecurity resilience in this hybrid era.

Cisco's recently published Cybersecurity Readiness Index provides a comprehensive analysis of organizations' preparedness to address the modern security challenges posed by the hybrid world. The report reveals a startling fact: a mere 15% of organizations globally have achieved a mature level of readiness to tackle the security risks associated with hybrid working environments. The study highlights the alarming cybersecurity readiness gap that exists across different regions, industries, and company sizes.

This finding underscores the urgent need for businesses to prioritize cybersecurity resilience, making it an integral part of their overall strategy. Security resilience enables companies to better anticipate threats, respond quickly, and bounce back faster when an incident occurs. Organizations that adopt this approach are better equipped to protect their assets, employees, customers, and overall reputation.

The Cisco report also identifies key areas where organizations can improve their cybersecurity readiness. These include:

  1. Visibility: Companies must gain a comprehensive view of their entire ecosystem, including third, fourth, and nth-parties, to effectively identify and monitor relationships and potential risks.
  2. Risk Assessment: Organizations should leverage data analytics and digital tools to streamline their risk assessment processes, enabling more efficient and accurate identification of vulnerabilities.
  3. Proactive Risk Management: Instead of merely reacting to incidents, businesses must adopt a proactive approach to risk management, continuously monitoring risks and taking preventive measures to minimize potential threats.
  4. Regulatory Compliance: With constantly evolving data privacy and security regulations, organizations must ensure they and their partners remain compliant, identifying and addressing potential gaps.
  5. Decision-making: Companies need to simplify their decision-making processes by obtaining a holistic view of their entire ecosystem, enabling them to make data-driven decisions with confidence.

In conclusion, the Cisco Cybersecurity Readiness Index serves as a critical wake-up call for businesses worldwide. It is a clarion call for organizations to invest in cybersecurity resilience and address the readiness gap that puts their operations, customers, and employees at risk. By embracing cybersecurity resilience and prioritizing it across all levels of the organization, businesses can effectively navigate the challenges posed by our increasingly hybrid world and create a more secure and prosperous future.

At Responsible Cyber, we are committed to helping organizations improve their cybersecurity posture and achieve resilience in the face of evolving threats. Our platform and services empower businesses to manage risks effectively and enhance their overall cybersecurity strategy.

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Dr Magda Chelly
Managing Director
Co-Founder of Responsible Cyber | Author | TEDx Speaker | Featured on Forbes 🇵🇱 | World Economic Forum Expert Network Cybersecurity | PhD, S-CISO, CISSP, Cert SCI Dr. Magda Lilia Chelly is an accomplished cybersecurity expert, entrepreneur, and thought leader, known for her extensive knowledge and passion for protecting businesses from cyber threats. Holding a Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering and an Executive MBA, she has built a stellar reputation as a trusted advisor in the field of information security. Dr. Chelly has served in various leadership roles, including as a CISO and a Managing Director for a global cybersecurity consultancy. Her expertise spans multiple domains, such as risk management, cybersecurity strategy, and governance. With numerous industry certifications and recognition as a CISSP, Dr. Chelly is a sought-after speaker and contributor to international conferences, webinars, and publications. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology sector, Dr. Chelly actively supports initiatives to encourage more women to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Her dedication to empowering and mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals has made her a respected figure within the industry. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Dr. Chelly is an avid writer, sharing her insights and experiences through articles, blogs, and social media platforms. Her engaging and educational content has helped raise awareness about the critical importance of cybersecurity in an increasingly interconnected world.

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