Recovering from a malware attack
Lastly, one needs to be able to quickly recover from any malware attack.
Having backups is one thing; being able to use them to get production systems back operational again is another. Users need to be sure they can make that happen.
Additionally, executives need to be able to get the message out that the company has weathered the storm, no damage was done, and it is back fully operational.
Malware is a major threat to every organization and IT assets every day and to the point where it could jeopardize one's business survival. Business and IT executives must plan to be hit by sophisticated malware attacks on an ongoing basis.
Small business owners and IT executives must aggressively invest and keep current in version and patch levels and in security detection and prevention measures.
The objective should be to attain an acceptable risk exposure level so that when hit by a malware attack it does not cripple the business. Small business owners and IT executives should ensure that no attack could result in a major data loss, an extended outage, corporate embarrassment, or loss of customer loyalty.
About the author
Mr. Braunstein serves as Chairman/CEO and Executive Director of Research at the Robert Frances Group (RFG). In addition to his corporate role, he helps his clients wrestle with a range of business, management, regulatory, and technology issues.
He has deep and broad experience in business strategy management, business process management, enterprise systems architecture, financing, mission-critical systems, project and portfolio management, procurement, risk management, sustainability, and vendor management. Cal also chaired a Business Operational Risk Council whose membership consisted of a number of top global financial institutions.