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What is the difference between cyber resilience and business continuity?

Hi infosec professionals,

We all know how security terms can be confusing and there are permanent discussions between professionals about simple ones.

How would you describe the difference between cyber resilience and business continuity? 

How do you achieve each of them?

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44 Answers

VladanKojanic - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

It's simple: cyber resilience is the ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from cyber attacks. And it is certainly the role of the security team. 

While business continuity is something that is a part of the backup procedure or DR site that in any case (and not just from a cyber attack) ensures that the business continues to operate.

Jairo Willian Pereira - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Both have the same purpose but not the same scope. 

Ensuring CR does not guarantee BCP but guaranteeing BCP (properly following all plans and sub-plans as required by ISO22301 standard) guarantees CR.

People often confuse DR (Disaster Recovery) with BCP but DR is just a small fragment of the entire BCP (again, see scope and purpose at ISO22301 and complementary 223xx norms).

AlanFink - PeerSpot reviewer

Generic terms are always open to interpretation. My belief is that Cyber (crime) Resilience means there is a clear strategy, toolset and management process in place to ensure businesses are protected from malicious attacks whereas Business Continuity is a much broader term like having the secondary infrastructure in place to continue operating normally in the event of any kind of Business Interruption like natural disasters, power outages, software failure, malicious or accidental damage to data, etc and to be able to recover from it very quickly and with minimal cost. 

A step up from Disaster Recovery.

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Manager

Hi @Enayat Galsulkar, @Daniel Aramayo ​and 
@Darshil Sanghvi,

Can you please chime in here and share your knowledge with other peers?

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