What's the Difference Between Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience?

What’s the Difference Between Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience?

Published: March 21, 2022
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For most of us, cybersecurity is a part of our daily lives. We have to be aware of how to act responsibly online to keep our own data safe and protect ourselves from malicious activity. It’s no different for organizations handling and utilizing customer data, except that with such strict compliance targets and financial penalties to contend with, failing to invest in cybersecurity can have far more disastrous consequences.

More recently, however, there has been an increased drive for ‘cyber resilience’. While some take the two terms as synonymous, they are, in fact, quite distinct and can even occur independently of one another. 

Both cybersecurity and cyber resilience are essential for keeping businesses secure, but what are the real differences between them? In this article, we go over what you need to know about cybersecurity vs. cyber resilience.

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Cybersecurity vs. Cyber Resilience

To put it simply, ‘cybersecurity’ is about protecting yourself from digital threats. This often means:

  • Securing devices and services against viruses, theft, cybercrime, and other malicious activity
  • Updating all software and investing in antivirus protection, firewalls, and so on
  • Training members of staff on their own responsibilities and how to support security with daily best practices
  • Meeting compliance standards to protect user-information
  • Protecting value-generating products and services

‘Cyber resilience’, on the other hand, is about working to mitigate damage. No security setup is 100% foolproof, especially with threats evolving all the time. Cyber resilience specialists acknowledge that, at some point, some kind of failure will occur, and businesses must prepare themselves to bounce back, continue generating value, and minimize damage as much as possible.

Cyber resilience often involves:

  • Upskilling staff to avoid internal issues relating to human error
  • Preparing plans to recover from PR issues resulting from breaches
  • Creating backups of critical data
  • Ensuring essential functions like customer service have offline backups in case of an emergency
  • Regularly reviewing the organization’s preparedness with analysis and simulations

In essence, cybersecurity is about securing your company against threats, while cyber resilience is about preparing your company to deal with and recover from them.

Optimizing Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience

While cybersecurity and cyber resilience may differ, they are equally essential. Both contribute towards business continuity in the face of serious cyber threats, and it’s important for organizations to make them both ongoing priorities.

The best way to create an optimized solution is to defer to a specialist. The precise security requirements of individual organizations can vary. Cybersecurity or cyber resilience experts can assess the needs of an organization and create ongoing plans to put the necessary protection in place.

RESILIA Cyber Resilience is the world’s only dedicated cyber resilience framework. Created by AXELOS, the organization behind frameworks such as ITIL 4 and PRINCE2, it offers an approach based on the knowledge and insight of leading cyber resilience specialists. 

The framework itself demonstrates the importance of cyber resilience not only for a business’s ongoing operations but also its strategic goals. It also outlines steps for implementing cyber resiliency, with insight and best practices regarding resilience strategy, design, transition, operations, risk management, and continuous improvement.

How Can Good e-Learning Help Me Optimize My Cyber Resilience Strategy?

Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider with a diverse portfolio of fully accredited courses. We cover a number of essential corporate domains, including cybersecurity and cyber resilience. 

Our in-house team of e-learning specialists works with leading subject matter experts to deliver courses that package certification training alongside unique practical insight. This not only helps candidates pass their exams but also leaves them equipped to begin applying their training in practice. 

The courses themselves come with a range of engaging online and blended training assets, including instructor-led videos, regular knowledge checks, and downloadable whitepapers. Our support team can provide free exam vouchers and resits, and candidates can access our courses any time and from any web-enabled device thanks to the free Go.Learn app.

Good e-Learning also specializes in corporate training. We offer bespoke LMS platforms designed to suit the exact goals and training requirements of our clients. As our LMS offers dynamic reporting, we also take a proactive approach to helping teams and individuals succeed. Each client also receives a direct point of contact to discuss their learning plans as they scale and evolve.

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