It’s easy to mistake cybersecurity, in the broad sense, for incident prevention only. No organization wants their networks to be breached or their data to be stolen, so it’s tempting to focus solely on thwarting these events. Why even plan for a response if you have an airtight defense?
But don’t minimize the importance, and necessity, of incident response. Data breaches are common and can happen even when threat prevention systems are in place. It’s likely any given organization will have to deal with a breach — and its ramifications — at some point during their existence.
And that’s why any cybersecurity strategy must include plans for a competent response.
Research firm Cybersecurity Hub recently discussed the environment in which organizations are managing incidents and outlined a few requirements for a successful incident response plan. Among them: Organizations must be capable of handling an incident in real time, acting quickly to recover networks, devices and data repositories.
Cybersecurity teams, as a result, require a combination of thorough planning and technical competence. They must proactively identify the resources (both tools and people) required for a response so there is no confusion over responsibilities and points of coordination when the time comes. The steps should be fully documented in a written cybersecurity incident response plan (CSIRP) that the team can access. This makes the plan repeatable, regardless of any turnover among teams.
Any successful CSIRP must integrate a few noteworthy technical resources. Many teams use threat intelligence platforms to deliver continuous notifications, enabling real-time alerts. From there, teams can employ a number of methods to determine the next action. Tools that segregate and classify data can help pinpoint the systems and resources impacted.
Experts are developing automation tools to help identify events that require a response and coordinate resolution activities. However, you still need a strong foundation for cyber incident response — and Lunarline offers the tools and services to help you build that foundation.
If your organization needs support building a CSIRP, contact us to find out how we can help.