As we plow full-speed-ahead into 2016, chances are you’re already working toward achieving many of the business goals you set forth for the coming months. Is cyber security incident response one of those priorities? If not, your organization is and will continue to be at a significant risk of becoming the next victim of an online security breach. The good news is, it’s never too late to start. If you haven’t yet developed a solid incident management strategy, here are a few reasons you should start doing so today.
Increase in Frequency of Attacks – The one thing successful cyber criminals have in common is their persistence to get their hands on whatever information they’re after. These days, attacks are coming in at an alarming rate, and are only projected to continue to increase in frequency. Unless you have an army of highly-skilled IT professionals available 24/7/365, you’re not adequately prepared. Leveraging automation, on the other hand, will help your cyber security incident response plan keep up with the sheer number of threats.
More Sophisticated Attacks – Cyber criminals are leveraging automation and other emerging technologies to make their attacks more effective. To counteract this, your cyber security incident response should be designed to match the advanced threats and fight fire with fire. Without automation, this isn’t possible.
More Widespread and Diverse Attacks – In simplest of terms, no business is safe from a potential cyber-attack. In fact, many are surprised to learn that in 2015 alone, some 90% of organizations experienced some type of online attack. It’s also important to point out that while certain industries are more prone to becoming targets, such as health care, businesses in every field are at risk and will continue to be without adequate cyber security incident response strategies in place.
Continued Lack of Preparedness – Another surprising fact is that 40% of enterprises surveyed recently are still not adequately prepared to ward off a cyber-attack. Others are only partially prepared against some forms of attack, such as viruses, but still lack the tools and strategies to properly defend themselves against other types of breaches.
If you aren’t completely confident that your organization is prepared to ward off potentially devastating cyber-security incidents and mitigate the resulting damages, the time to take action is now. Some best practices to help you get off on the right foot include:
- Identify and assess all areas of potential risk
- Leverage the available tools and technology (automation) to fortify your cyber security incident response plan
- Take a proactive approach rather than reactive to help mitigate damages