Incident Response refers to the processes and policies an organisation uses to respond to a cyber incident such as an attack or data breach. The goal of Incident Response is to mitigate the damage of an attack i.e. reduce the recovery time, effort, costs and reputational damage associated with a cyberattack or data breach. It is also meant to investigate and understand the cyberattack and gather insights that help prepare for and prevent similar attacks in the future.
And you don’t want to be among the companies that are unprepared for cyberattacks.
Post a security breach, every second counts. So make sure you have a detailed, and repeatable incident response plan.
Incident Response is essentially a thorough plan of action for what your organisation is supposed to do in the event of a cyberattack. It’s important because:
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At StickmanCyber, we follow the six key steps for incident response:
#1 Preparation & Planning: Evaluate the effectiveness of your existing security measures and policies - identifying vulnerabilities via assessments or scans which help in prioritising which type of incidents need to be responded to as soon as they are identified. All of this will lead to the creation of an incident response plan.
#2 Identification: Identify the presence of any suspicious activity within your organisation. Once found, conduct and document a detailed analysis of its origin, type, as well as goals of the attackers. This information is communicated to stakeholders, authorities, and legal counsel, instructing them on the steps that need to be taken now that a cyber incident has occurred.
#3 Containment: We prioritise getting to the containment stage as quickly as possible so that repercussions of the attack can be controlled and mitigated. As a short-term measure, we focus on isolating immediate threats. Long-term containment measures involve re-assigning access controls to unaffected areas to lower the chance of the attack spreading across the infrastructure.
#4 Elimination: Once the threat has been contained, our team begins ejecting attackers and eliminating malware from systems. This phase continues until all traces of the attack are removed.
#5 Recovery: At this stage, we bring the patched and updated replacement systems online. The recovery phase also involves security teams monitoring networks and systems for a period after the attack to make sure malicious actors don’t return.
#6 Feedback & Improvement: Finally, we review with you how effective the incident response was and what can be done better next time. This stage also involves security teams completing thorough documentation of events for later review or reference.
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