Responding to a Cyber Attack

Cyberwarfare has become a hot topic in recent times due to the crisis in Ukraine. Companies need to be on high alert for any cyber-based attacks; they need an effective incident response plan.

Today, we are looking at incident response plans, why you need them, and how we can help protect you from cyber incidents in the future.

Hackers prey on weak and unprepared individuals. Many companies do not know how to respond to cyber threats. Read on to make sure you are prepared.

What Is an Incident Response Plan?

Incident response refers to an organised, timely, and effective response to cyber incidents and attacks. Typically, incident response plans consist of several steps:

  • Identifying an attack
  • Understanding the attack’s severity
  • Prioritising it over other processes
  • Investigating and mitigating the cyber attack
  • Restoring normal operating
  • Ensuring the cyber attack cannot occur again

An incident response plan is a documented set of procedures detailing the process of identifying and mitigating cyber attacks during the incident response. Incident response plans include guidelines for roles, communication, and responsibilities.

Incident Response Plan - Responding to a Cyber Attack

Why Do Companies Need an Incident Response Plan?

A detailed and efficient incident response process can reduce the damage caused by cyber attacks on an organisation. Some of the main reasons you need an incident response place include:

  • Keep Prepared for an Emergency

Cyber attacks and security incidents happen without warning; an incident response plan means you are prepared well ahead of time.

  • Incident Response Keeps Everyone in the Loop

An effective incident response plan keeps everybody informed and up-to-date during a crisis.

  • Highlights Gaps in Security

An in-depth incident response process exposes gaps in your security tools or processes that can be addressed before any issues arise.

  • Establishes a Clear and Actionable Process

A thorough incident response plan creates a clear guide that can be followed during every incident, improving effectiveness and coordination over time.

  • Demonstrates Accountability

Organisations should have clear documentation for their incident response protocols, reducing the company’s liability whenever something goes wrong. Organisations use an incident response plan to demonstrate compliance to authorities and auditors following a breach.

Three Ways to Make Incident Response More Effective

There are numerous ways to defend your organisation against cyber attacks and respond effectively. The following represent three ways to make your incident response more effective. Contact us today if you would like to know more.

Companies need to communicate securely when handling a cyber security incident. Personnel may be tempted to use open communication services like email or messaging apps. However, the outside threat may have access to your communication systems. Therefore, organisations should avoid using messenger systems unless they are encrypted, avoid speakerphones, and try to communicate in-person or on secure phone lines.

All personnel involved in neutralising the threat need to coordinate a system shutdown simultaneously. If somebody delays the shutdown, the outside threat may notice an attempt to remove them from the system. Therefore, everybody needs to know their role in the incident response process.

In addition, organisations need to make sure all passwords are reset if there’s a chance they’ve been compromised. Interestingly, organisations can monitor previous passwords to identify failed login attempts, which suggests the threat is still trying to get back into the system with credentials collected during the original incident.

How Can CentriVault Help With Your Incident Response and Handling?

CentriVault is a leading provider of cyber security and data protection services, specialising in small and medium enterprises. We use our expertise to provide security solutions for various organisations of different sizes, including developing incident response plans and ensuring various organisations are protected from potential breaches and cyber threats. Contact us today for more information.

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