From Cybersecurity to Cyber Resilience

The transition from cybersecurity to cyber resilience is a strategic necessity aimed at finding solutions that are both more effective and more realistic.

Today, every company has to deal with cybersecurity. According to a recent report by Accenture, in Italy the average cost per company in cybersecurity is $ 8 million a year. Therefore, implementing new measures capable of repelling any attacks has become essential for the continuity and integrity of business and manufacturing.

However, companies also have to accept the fact that there is no certain guarantee that cybercrime won’t bypass corporate defenses, whatever they are. Hence, the need for an integrative cyber resilience approach. This means “the ability of an organization to continue operating within predetermined levels in the event of cyber-attacks.”

When we talk about cybersecurity we refer to measures and technologies aimed at protecting networks, devices, data and IT systems from external attacks. However, this does not exclude the possibility of this happening. In other words, there is a big difference between cybersecurity and cyber certainty.

Adopting only security measures is not enough in a realistic context. It is necessary to integrate a strategy that takes cybercrime into account and enables companies to function even in the event of an attack. This is precisely the reason for the evolution from cybersecurity to cyber resilience. While cybersecurity is about reacting, cyber resilience aims to anticipate the inevitable. Design systems so that they are difficult to attack and, at the same time, to minimize the impact of the attacks suffered.

What is cyber resilience and what is it based on?

An effective cyber resilience strategy is based on:


Promptly detecting threats: known and unknown. 80-90% of attacks by hackers are typical, but that 20-10% of unknown risks must also be considered.


Being prepared to face the problem. Implement routine maintenance activities against known threats and try to anticipate what might happen in the event of unexpected attacks to have a plan in place.


It is important to understand which techniques to use to effectively respond to attacks. React in order to tackle the problem and, contemporarily, protect productivity and business continuity.


One of the key goals of cyber resilience strategies must be recovery. That is the ability to recover full operations and productivity in the shortest possible time.