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How can an Incident Response Plan Improve Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has been a headline recently more than ever. You might wonder – why?

Currently, a major part of our society’s progress is developing hand in hand with technology and data. That being said, we are becoming more vulnerable in digital space. Hackers have gained ground and are improving their cyber offensive operations. As a result, organizations and companies are more often victims of a data breach. The damage of a cyber attack might cause short or long term substantial losses, customer trust and destroy an organization’s brand.

Nowadays, cybersecurity threats are constantly changing. New ones are emerging every day – they’re coming from both outsiders and insiders. Companies have to defend against every kind of attack; it just takes one flaw for an organization’s network to be exploited.

The importance of incident response plans

We all agree that organizations and companies are in danger. Here’s the question: How well is the organization prepared to respond to a cyber attack? Actually, it depends on their incident response (IR) plan.

Did you know that it is actually a requirement for a business to have an incident response plan? According to the International Information Security Standard and Business Continuity Standard, it is a requirement to develop a cyber incident response management plan. An incident response plan helps businesses have a comprehensive step-by-step outlined process that should be followed if an incident happens.

To prepare a detailed incident response plan, there are challenges that an organization must consider and overcome. There can be significant difficulty in responding to cybersecurity incidents, particularly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Challenges in responding to a cybersecurity incident

Some of the challenges organizations face in responding to a cybersecurity incident in a fast, effective and consistent manner are:

1. Identifying a suspected cybersecurity incident.

2. Establishing the objectives of an investigation and a clean-up operation.

3. Analyzing all available information related to the potential cybersecurity incident.

4. Determining what has actually happened.

5. Identifying what systems, networks, and information (assets) have been compromised.

6. Determining what information has been disclosed to unauthorized parties, stolen, deleted or corrupted.

7. Finding out who did it and why.

8. Working out how it happened.

9. Determining the potential business impact of the cybersecurity incident.

10. Conducting sufficient investigation using forensics to identify those responsible.

How CyberSponse can help

Why are we writing this? To make you afraid of what the world has become? No, we want to make you aware of what we heard from different sources of cyber incident response. CyberSponse is the solution to efficient incident response management. CyberSponse provides playbooks, makes incident response faster and more efficient. As a result, cybersecurity team can tackle more alerts, increases productivity and saves more money and time.

CyberSponse Inc. is a global leader in cyber security automation & orchestration. CyberSponse helps accelerate organizations’ processes, security operations teams and improves incident responses. The CyberSponse platform enables organizations to seamlessly integrate, automate their security tool stack, and orchestrate case management workflow; enabling better, faster and more effective security operations. With a global presence, offering an enterprise platform, Cybersponse allows organizations to secure their security operations teams and environments.

The writing’s on the wall, so it is now up to you how you want to equip how to tackle a fast-changing world and technology.

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