An incident, by definition, is an occurrence that will disrupt or cause a loss of operations, services, or functions.
- Unauthorized access to a system
- Data Breaches
- Successful social engineering attacks
- Malware, Phishing, Spamming, Spoofing, Spyware, Trojans, and viruses
- Denial-of-service and Distributed denial-of-service attacks
- Website Defacement
- Financial Fraud
As business owners, It is key to develop and implement a contemporary response program so that losses can be mitigated during the time of an outage. At a minimum, Your complete incident response program should encompass the following…
- Risk Assessment – Serves as the foundation for Incident Response and Contingency Planning. A risk assessment identifies the potential threats to an organization factored by the impact on the organization when such an event does occur. Incident Response planning incorporates the results of risk assessments and develops a strategy for addressing likely and impactful threats.
- Incident Response Plan – Provides direction on responding to, containing, remediating, and recovering from an incident. Plans should include specific strategies for handling different types of scenarios.
- Employee Awareness – Once developed, you must ensure all impacted employees are aware of and trained on the plan. Employees must be prepared to identify and effectively communicate an incident occurrence.
- Practice Exercises – Uncovers issues you may experience during a simulated scenario before an actual incident happens. These exercises allow the organization to evaluate the protection measures, preparation tactics, and procedures and mitigate gaps in a risk-free environment.
- Incident Prevention Plan – The best defense against an incident is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. While not all incidents can be prevented, there are steps and controls that an organization can take to reduce the chances of an impactful incident from occurring.
Some of these contingencies include:
- Security Awareness Training
- One of the foremost efficient ways to safeguard against cyber-attacks and every one style of data breaches is to coach your employees on the cyber threat landscape and to verify the effectiveness of the training.
- Regularly monitor and audit your network
- Continuous monitoring has emerged as a vital consider minimizing risk by utilizing repeatable processes to detect and answer threats.
- Protect access to critical systems and data
- Use the principle of least privilege access and implement multi-factor authentication. (MFA)
- Ensure the security of your data through regular backups
- Make sure that your backups are thoroughly protected and encrypted
- a secondary copy is stored offsite in an exceedingly protected environment.
- Incorporate a robust patch management solution and cadence
In our time spent aiding companies with their business-related issues, we have found a direct correlation between the time it takes to react to a situation and the cost associated with recovering from one. By implementing the measures covered above, business owners will increase your organization’s ability to respond to and recover from a cybersecurity incident swiftly and efficiently.
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