The Relationship Between Cybersecurity and Business Continuity
Cybersecurity, computer network security or information security is simply the protection of networks and computer systems from data loss, malicious attack or misuse of their hardware, applications, or personal electronic data. It is essentially the monitoring and detection of emerging and existing threats to a network or computer system that can be used to gain access and/or make unwanted changes to a system. It can also involve the prevention of known threats and the timely response to those threats. The goal of information security is to minimize the risk to information from malicious attacks and implement measures that reduce or prevent the risk to information and the confidentiality of systems.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cases regarding cybercrimes and the corresponding law enforcement actions. Cybersecurity Law was recently introduced with the intent of addressing and reducing the threat associated with cyber crimes and their perpetrators. It is intended to provide a comprehensive definition of cybersecurity, with an emphasis on both the offense and the defense. One important provision of cybersecurity law is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFA); this act authorizes the Department of Justice (DoJ) to bring legal action against an individual or entity charged with committing a federal offense under Section 1030 of the federal code. A number of state laws also include elements of a cybersecurity crime in their criminal codes, including Arizona’s Cyber Security Act and California’s Cyber Statute of Limitation Act.
A good way to think about the relationship between the DoJ’s Cybersecurity Division and business continuity management is that the DoJ needs the business to have a strong defense against external threats, whereas the CFSM needs the business to have a strong internal defense against internal threats. By helping to develop a dialogue between the DoJ and the CFSM through third-party engagement and public-private partnerships, businesses can ensure that they are taking the right steps to strengthen their cyber defenses. In the end, the benefits of investing in a strong cyber security plan should be very clear. It helps to reduce the risks associated with information security threats and it helps to create a stronger, more stable basis for the ongoing success of your business. With the assistance of a professional consulting firm and the investment of some dedicated people and the guidance of a good information security plan, you can ensure that your company has a comprehensive information security plan in place.