Working on your cyber resilience

Working on your cyber resilience

Cybersecurity Special October 2022

The Cybersecurity Assessment Netherlands (CSBN) reveals cybersecurity trends, incidents, threats and challenges within our national security. The conclusion: digital risks are high. This means that as a business owner, you too need to work on your cyber resilience!

Insufficient cyber resilience

Following the CSBN, the Digital Trust Center (part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate) presented a number of conclusions and recommendations for entrepreneurs. The most important and frightening conclusion is that cyber resilience is still insufficient. In fact, there is a disparity between the growing threats and the development of resilience. But as a business owner, what can you do to get your security back on track?

Take a risk-based approach to cyber resilience

We repeat: the cyber resilience of the Netherlands is below par. The research shows that digital risks often do not have a structural position in broader risk management. Risk management is not a given. Yet a risk-based approach is essential to determine the level of cyber resilience needed. A coherent strategy is required here. Organisations need to start a dialogue with each other on relevant scenarios at the organisational, sectoral and national levels. For companies, the message is this: make risk management part of your primary process including clear goals, delineation, prioritisation, team composition, etc.

Get the basics up to speed

Collaboration within and across sectors is key in getting cyber resilience on track in the Netherlands. But just like with improving the environment, a safer cyber world starts with you. Even as an entrepreneur, you can already do a lot to increase your cyber resilience. It all starts with basic measures such as multi-factor authentication and making and testing backups. “Obviously,” you might say. Yet many companies appear to lack even these basic measures.

Why should you get started with cyber resilience and how?

There is often a lack of urgency, expertise or capacity when it comes to properly implementing these kinds of measures. Many business owners see cybersecurity only as an expense. But don’t forget that the damage caused by a hack can cost you many times more. To make this clear: a ransomware attack takes place every 11 (!) seconds and the annual damages in the Netherlands alone are around €10 billion.  All the more reason to get the basics in order: invest in vulnerabilities, choose secure settings, perform updates, restrict access to your systems and data and prevent viruses and other malware. Want to know if your basics are up to speed? Then do the Basic Cyber Resilience Scan (in Dutch) on the Digital Trust Center website. And yes, the link is completely safe…

Plan of action

The primary motivation for cybercriminals is financial and maximising profits. In the process, they eagerly exploit the opportunities offered to them by the internet. By cooperating effectively and innovating in automation, they can continue to scale up. In other words, it remains a game of cat and mouse. In this case, standing still means falling behind. So make sure you really work on your cyber resilience. We are happy to help you determine the risks, test your cyber resilience and make a practical plan of action. After all, we understand that not every entrepreneur is an accomplished IT professional. But that does nothing to diminish the urgency. Contact your advisor at Joanknecht or connect with one of our IT Assurance specialists directly.

Lucas Vousten | +31 (0)40 240 9516 |

Ties Meesters | +31 (0)40 240 9459 |

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