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Cyber resilience not just an IT issue, it's a business issue; Mimecast

Mimecast's e-book serves as a play book for organisations to create a cyber resilience plan

Cyber resilience not just an IT issue, it's a business issue; Mimecast
Of the 800 IT decision makers and C-level executives surveyed globally, only 30% have adopted a complete cyber resilience strategy.

Email and data security firm Mimecast recently published an e-book that explored cyber resilience planning and discovered a severe lack of awareness and adoption by organisations across the world.

Conducted in collaboration with Vanson Bourne, the Strengthen Your Defenses Against Cybercrime: Cyber Resilience Planning for Email e-book echoed similar insights by the Cyber Resilience Think Tank, first hosted at RSA Conference 2017.

Neil Murray, chief technology officer at Mimecast, said: "Cyber resilience is not just an IT issue, it's a business issue. An organisation must take a layered approach to build an effective cyber resilience plan to protect business data against email-borne threats."

"Mimecast's first Cyber Resilience Think Tank was a meeting of the minds. It was great to bring together some of brightest experts in cybersecurity and collaborate on what organisations need to do to build a comprehensive cyber resilient strategy."

Of the 800 IT decision makers and C-level executives surveyed globally, only 30% have adopted a complete cyber resilience strategy. Roughly one-third remain in the initial planning and development stages. Additionally, less than 20% of participants reported being confident in their capabilities of managing cyber-attacks.

Mimecast's e-book serves as a play book for organisations to create a cyber resilience plan, as well as managing email-based cyber threats.

Helen Rabe, head of information security - strategy, risk and compliance at Costa Coffee, commented: "Cyber resilience is not taken seriously enough, despite the published evidence identifying the growing impact of cyber risk. There is a notable gap between perception and reality when it comes to the impacts of poor cyber resilience planning."

She added: "We are currently outmatched and don't have the capabilities to fight back. I have accepted the fact that cyberattacks will get in, despite my layered defences. However, I work closely with my business on how to mitigate so they are prepared to act and aware of the implications."

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