It seems like almost weekly there’s a new report of some big name brand being hacked and the subsequent outcome of hundreds of thousands, sometimes even millions of people having their sensitive information compromised. These days, online security is something every business must think about, regardless of size or industry. Is your cyber security incident response plan truly strong enough to handle a potential attack? Let’s take a look.
First and foremost, is it up to date? One of the biggest reasons organizations fall victim to cyber-attacks is that they fail to recognize the sophistication of their attackers. Nowadays, hackers are constantly adapting their tools and strategies until they’re successful, and if you’re not also staying up to date with your cyber security incident response, you’re more vulnerable than you may think. The first step in ensuring adequate security is to keep your strategy fluid.
Additionally, many businesses leave themselves open to attack by only considering half of the equation. Even the best monitoring system won’t protect your data if you’re not able to adequately field all the incoming alerts. This is precisely what happened to Target a few years back. They had a great monitoring platform in place, but could not keep up with the myriad of incoming incidents. As a result, the one that compromised the personal information of millions was able to slip through the cracks undetected until the damage had already been done.
A robust and highly effective cyber security incident response plan must also include a secondary process which essentially closes the loop between alerts and their subsequent resolution. IT process automation can do just that, and even better, it can achieve optimum results without the need for additional human workers. IT simply integrates ITPA with the existing monitoring system so that all incoming alerts can be instantly and automatically identified, analyzed, prioritized and assigned.
With this type of cyber security incident response strategy, your organization can rest a little bit easier knowing that any and all incidents will be detected and properly addressed the moment they arise, thereby avoiding the risk of becoming another Target (literally and figuratively).
Furthermore, a comprehensive security plan that includes sophisticated tools like ITPA can make predicting and proactively preventing possible attacks easier and more effective. That means your business can stay a step ahead of your would-be attackers.
Regardless of size or industry, businesses everywhere are facing the growing challenges of keeping sensitive data safe from the clutches of cyber criminals. Knowing what ingredients go into a solid, effective cyber security incident response plan that is designed to adapt to the changing climate can help protect your organization both now and in the future.
Not sure if your strategy is up to par? Could automation provide the added level of security you need? Contact us today to learn how we can help or download our new eBook: 5 Reasons you Should Automate Cyber Security Incident Response.