The best time to prepare for a cyber incident is before it happens
Effective recovery requires a well-tested plan and a certified team of professionals with real-world scenarios
The incident response team needs to know what the plan is, how to follow it, and know it without referencing it during a real-world security incident
No one wants to believe that their business is vulnerable to attack, but the statistics are irrefutable - you have experienced, will experience and probably are currently experiencing some kind of incident.
Most businesses today live in a "state of continuous compromise" - this means that they aren't finished responding to their last incident before their next incident starts.
Breach and incident response can be chaotic, emotional and stressful, but you can prepare such that you:
Minimize damage to and loss of money
Minimize the costs of response
Minimize negative impact to reputation
Expedite recovery and resumption of normal business operations
Preparation is achieved through effective response planning, testing and training.
Because performing incident response effectively is a complex undertaking, establishing a successful incident response capability requires substantial planning and resources. Establishing clear procedures for prioritizing the handling of incidents is critical, as is implementing effective methods of collecting, analyzing, and reporting data.
A great plan is only a great if it is regularly tested. Your incident response team, management, and external parties need to know the process, how to react to various scenarios, and quickly mitigate the security incident. A tabletop test will do this by:
The incident response team needs to know what the plan is, how to follow it, and know it without referencing it during a real-world security incident.