Cyber Incident Response 101 

By Samudra Vijay In Blog

17

Aug
2022

Cyber Incident Response 101

Relaxing on a beach after a years’ worth of hard work, happy at what your company has persevered through and finally you have time to sit back, relax and reflect upon how the next year can be a better on. You start receiving texts and mails saying your company id is being used to send texts that is hampering your reputation. 

You have been phished, your credentials stolen and out there for anyone to use and take a jab at your reputation. 
An incident response plan should be in effect as soon as this breach is identified, but is there such plan in place for it to take effect and save your business? 
The longer you wait the worse the things will get for you and your company and the reputation that have been built by you. 

Response

According to NIST ( National Institute of Standards and Technology) The response has to be in Five Phases 

  • Identify
    This is done to be better prepared for the incident, breach, risks that are present on the technology being used by the company, to be prepared to respond and reduce the impact.
    To identify risks, you can start by looking at system logs, examining vulnerable files or tracking suspicious employee activity. 
  • Protect
    This is done to make sure that the data is safe, and that business can go on even if an incident is taking place, this is done with the creating safeguards and implementing them to protect business
    To protect your business against cyberthreats, you can use backups, implement security controls such as firewalls, and train employees on security best practices. 
  • Detect
    Detecting whether the system is being accessed by someone not authorized to do so in a timely manner, is essential for limiting damage and getting system back up.
    Deploying techniques such as intrusion detection systems (ISDs) is an effective way to tackle irregularities. 
  • Respond
    To be able to respond to an incident or threat as soon as it happens is a key aspect of responding to the threat. This plan should include strategies for breach containment, investigation, and resolution.
    A few things you can do to respond to an incident are isolating affected systems and cutting off access to every impacted system. 
  • Recover
    Following an incident, you must have a plan in place to resume normal business operations as soon as possible to minimize disruption. 

These steps can be part of your recovery plan: 

  • Restoring systems that have been affected by the attack
  • Implementing security controls to prevent the incident from happening again
  • Investigating the root cause of the event
  • Taking legal action against perpetrators

 Keep in mind that a well-crafted incident response plan will help you resolve a breach, minimize the damage caused and restore normal operations quickly and effectively. It’s critical to ensure that all staff are aware of the incident response plan and know their roles and responsibilities in the event of a breach. 

 An incident response plan should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that it remains relevant and effective. Cyber incidents can occur at any time, so it’s crucial to be prepared. 

Collaborating with an IT service provider

As a small owner you are mostly working on expanding the business and to be able to take care of your clients, making it less likely for you to have the expertise or time to implement an effective cyber incident prevention practice, but by partnering with us, you can save your organization from the hassle of taking a look into cybersecurity and expand your business tenfold. We can Help you with: 

  • Protect your business against cyber incidents
  • Create a comprehensive incident response plan
  • Abide by NIST’s five phases of incident response

Contact us to find out how we can help you with your organization’s cybersecurity needs.