How to build up the cyber resilience of your organization

A quick guide to improve the cyber resilience of your organization.

If your job is to manage cybersecurity for your company, you must fend off cyberattacks, prevent data breaches, and keep your network operating at peak productivity.  

So your job is really about creating cyber resilience for the company.

What’s the difference between cybersecurity and cyber resilience?

Cybersecurity is the practice of deploying people, processes and technology to protect organizations like yours.

Cyber resilience evaluates how well an organization can do business during a breach or cyberattack. 

How can you be proactive so your company is cyber resilient?

Consistent Backups and Recovery

To be sure you are able to recover as quickly as possible and mitigate a disaster, you need to have a backup plan in place that works effectively for your organization.

Not only that, but you absolutely need people and processes ready to make your backup and recovery tools actually work. 

There are three types of backups to look at:

Full backups 

Full backups are a complete copy of your organization’s entire data assets, which captures all of your files in one version. 


  • Potentially fast, total recovery of data
  • Simple to access the most recent backup 
  • All backups are included in a single version
  • Short time needed to restore business operations


  • Uses the most bandwidth
  • Full backups can take a long time for that initial backup
  • Relatively time-consuming for the total backup process

Incremental backups 

An incremental backup is a backup that covers all files that have changed since the last backup, regardless of the backup type.


  • Minimal time to finish backup
  • Uses the least storage space
  • Consumes the least bandwidth


  • Recovery time may be slow
  • Requires a full backup, along with incremental backups  for complete recovery
  • Recovery requires piecing together data from multiple backup sets
  • Small possibility of incomplete data recovery if one or more backup sets fail

Differential backups

A differential backup is a cumulative backup, regardless of the backup type. If you do a full backup on Friday, and a differential backup on Monday, the differential backup would include all files changed between Friday and Monday. 


  • Needs less storage space than full backups
  • Only last full backup and incremental backups are needed for recovery


  • Slower than incremental
  • Requires an initial full backup for full recovery
  • Two backup sets will need to be pieced together 
  • Possible failed recovery, if one or more backups is incomplete


Recovery is literally the process of retrieving and restoring all that backup data to your systems to mitigate downtime. Reliable backups and speedy recovery plans give businesses continuity and resilience in the event of a threat. 

And of course, backup and recovery is not a “one-off.” It’s a continuous process that protects your organization if it is attacked. 

Why wouldn’t you do the same with your other tools and processes?

Cyber training and assessment for Blue, Red and Purple Teams

Continuous training and assessment

Your blue teams and red teams need to continuously train in real-life scenarios, so they are aware of the cyber threat landscape. The most effective place to do that is a cyber range.

What is a cyber range?

A cyber range is a training simulation platform that provides hands-on practice to cybersecurity professional teams, and perhaps those training to become cybersecurity professionals. 

Cyber ranges can:

  • Provide performance-based learning and assessment 
  • Offer a simulated environment where teams can collaborate to improve teamwork and it’s capabilities
  • Provide real-time feedback
  • Simulate practical work experience
  • Foster an environment where new ideas are tested and teams can work to solve complex cyber issues

Your cyber responders need hands-on and specialized training education and training. The cyber range is a valuable tool and yet can be a fun, engaging way to learn.

Why are cyber ranges needed for red and blue teams?

In general, organizations seeking cybersecurity education, workforce development, training or skills lack simulated environments found in other professional industries, such as flight simulators for pilots in aerospace. 

Cyber ranges provide a safe, legal environment to gain practical cyber skills in a secure workspace for product development and security-posture testing. Cyber ranges can and must play an essential part in facilitating and advancing cybersecurity education, training and certification. 

Red teams can use cyber ranges to simulate attacks, so they can find and fix vulnerabilities before hackers exploit them, and perform counterattacks.  This gives penetration testers (pen testers) a safer way to gauge the organization’s security than wait for an actual attack. 

Blue teams in the security operations center (SOC) also have a variety of needs for and benefits associated with using a cyber range, which include:

  1. Modifying and incorporating better Indicators of Compromise (IoCs)

Cyber ranges let SOC teams discover and incorporate IoCs based on better detection mechanisms and improved software solutions, along with stronger research, which have been learned through unique scenarios demonstrated on cyber ranges. This data can be shared with the wider information security community and help identify attacks or which cyber threat actors would be responsible.

  1. More effectively respond to security alerts from SIEM solutions

Cyber ranges help SOC teams learn to better respond to SIEM alerts by triaging particular actions that would snuff an attack before it can spread deeper into the network. These actions are usually guided by a lot of trial and error, until the course of action is determined.  

  1. Improve on security solutions by adding improved modules

Cyber ranges allow SOC teams to practically learn the operation of their security solutions and spot unique areas of weakness for improvements. Based on their discoveries, SOC teams can update modular solutions to improve their functionality and make them more powerful. When these solutions are applied to real situations, SOC teams can get high performance and accurate results. This can greatly improve the chances of a successful mitigation.    

  1. Document findings more effectively for escalation purposes

Cyber ranges help blue team members learn documentation skills. Reports can be tweaked to be more easily understood in case they need to be  escalated to another cybersecurity team, and for future reference. These documents can be important when examining a breach or when taking steps to contain security issues. 

  1. Learning to preserve evidence for forensic teams to investigate

Cyber ranges can also teach SOC team members how to preserve evidence for forensic teams. This ensures multiple teams can work with the evidence. 

Now that we’ve looked at how red and blue teams can improve with cyber ranges, let’s look at what a cyber range can do for the organization itself.  

How can your organization benefit from using a cyber range?

Using a cyber range, like Cympire’s CyWARIA, significantly increases an organization’s cyber resilience through continuous training and assessment, which mitigates the risk of a detrimental attack. 

Use your cyber range as an assessment tool

CyWARIA cyber range allows companies like yours to:

  • Track cyber professionals over time
  • Identify your weakest links and security topics
  • Structure your teams more effectively
  • Evaluate your current team and make informed hiring choices. 

What sets CyWARIA apart?

Unlike its competitors, CyWARIA is:

  • Completely cloud-based, so cyber professionals can train anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection
  • Loaded with not only industry-specific content for Finance, Insurance, and Tech, but includes Cympire’s exclusive content, the largest scenario catalog in the world  
  • Fully customizable, so your teams can simulate any scenario, network topology or OT systems
  • Big data driven, from thousands of global sessions of professional users, which means it’s objective, comprehensive, and precise
  • Drag and drop in its Campaign Studio, for composing and customize your scenarios
  • Gamified, for an engaging experience, while using real networks, real cyber defensive tools to fight real attacks, yet in a safe environment 

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