What is Cyber Incident Detection and Response?

Posted by Melanie Klag on Oct 23, 2019 11:48:33 AM
Melanie Klag

Cyber-attacks are one of the biggest risks threatening businesses today. They can vary in methodology and become more and more sophisticated every day. Your organization has to be prepared to prevent them when possible and deal with cyber-attacks quickly when they happen. The best way to do that is with cyber incident detection and response.

Cyber incident detection and response is the process of identifying threats to or incidents involving your company’s cybersecurity, addressing them and acting to minimize the damage or stop the threat before it starts. Make sure your company is prepared to mitigate cyber-attacks.

Developing an Incident Response Plan

By working with a third-party cybersecurity expert or firm, your company can implement a thorough, vetted and effective incident response plan. The cyber incident detection and response plan will include a clear set of instructions for your incident response team to follow at the first sign of a threat or cyber incident. The plan will look different for each company but will have a similar structure.

5 Phases of Cyber Incident Detection and Response

1.) Identification – This includes recognizing the threat or incident, determining what exactly is going on, examining the threat level and deeming it a cybersecurity incident.

2.) Containment – Once you identify the type of cyber incident you are dealing with; your plan will help you determine how to contain it. By containing it, your company will isolate affected systems and prevent it from spreading. The faster you can contain the problem, the less damage will occur.

3.) Suppression – Often, this means isolating the affected systems from the network by removing them. This ensures the loss is mitigated and does not spread to further devices, servers, networks, etc.

4.) Recovery – Once the damage is isolated, recovery can begin. Your ability to recover date will depend on the type of cyberattack and your disaster recovery systems. A solid business continuity plan is a great help in the recovery phase. Once the data is recovered and the system is cleared, it can return to your IT environment.

5.) Results – Identifying and removing the threat is highly important, but learning from cyber incidents is also vital. Your company must learn from cyber-attacks to help prevent future attacks. Incidents will also pinpoint your vulnerability and improve the ability to respond quicker.

Does Your Organization Have an Incident Response Plan?

If you were to be a victim of a cybersecurity breach today, would your business be able to thwart it or limit its potential reach? With a detailed cyber incident detection and response plan, your organization will be as prepared as possible in the event of an attack. Having that plan will also give you and your stakeholders peace of mind knowing that you are ready if and when a breach happens. Contact SubRosa Cyber Solutions to develop a plan that is right for your business.

Topics: Compliance, SOC, Security Operations Center, SOCaaS, Incident Response, Cyber Attack