The Healthy Habits of Incident Response

By Charles Duckett | August 02 2018

Reporting an "incident" is the polite way of saying "we were attacked and now we have a massive problem." An incident regarding cybersecurity entails that the network system is compromised and that there must be a reaction by the victim to consolidate or remediate losses. These losses are either financial or proprietary in the form of data. To mitigate damages caused by incidents, it is imperative to organize the network in such a way that facilitates proper administration before and after an incident occurs. 

To achieve a degree of minimal risk is to orient the network system in a correct way. Orienting is the manner and operational flow in which the system operates. A network system oriented in a manner that is conducive to data protection while weak on communication efficiency is not a good orientation. The reverse is true as well. The optimized network system is protected while simultaneously facilitates communication between end-point users. 

Failure to maintain the integrity of cyber defenses and avert network vulnerabilities can result in massive losses or even a coup de grâce for a struggling company. The threat of the incidents will never go away, and some statistics are implying that the situation is becoming worse. Attackers will seek to exploit any size organization with sizes ranging from main street businesses to international corporations.

The ability to identify incidents is also fundamental to any prospect of optimizing the network systems. The realm of uncertainty is lethal, especially in cybersecurity considering 20% of companies responded to over 100 incidents each in 2017. Identifying and subsequently responding is the best method to measure whether the system is currently up to-date or if it needs immediate remediation in certain aspects. 

Correct logs of data assets and hardware allows for greater control over the situation, as well. For instance, if there is an incident and hardware is compromised there must be a swift and effective remediation effort to either sterilize the threat or replace the hardware. This consolidation of information and direction can guide cybersecurity programs to cut dead weight and improve the existing network. This process creates a feedback loop that is extremely sufficient for guarding against evolving threats. 

The feedback loop characterized above is achievable only after a plan is made to counter threats and be proactive about their dissolution. This plan must reverberate in every aspect of the cybersecurity program. The direction of the program can be measured by tests as well training. Plans for insider threat might include social engineering training to avoid phishing or endpoint security all company data emailed must be encrypted. It is plans such as these that foster a culture of good practice and less worry. 


About Domain5: 

Domain5 is committed to providing support to companies at an effective return on cybersecurity investment (ROIC). Regarding incident response, our team is able to effectively map out a network and suggest a sufficient reorientation on any scale of change. Our support also covers the bases of incident response by monitoring the past, present, and future through our programs and with our partners. Through our programs and partners, we can monitor in real-time your network and make plans for your future needs based on past information we have collected. Domain5 indivisibly recognizes the absolute necessity of maintaining cybersecurity awareness while simultaneously compensating for effective allocation of resources in any financial situation. 


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