Today, the risk of a security incident or data breach is higher than ever. Having an Incident Response Plan is crucial to maintaining a strong security posture so you can protect your business before, during and after an attack.
Use these 5 tips to start building your basic incident response plan today.
1. Improve your detection capabilities
Help your workforce and executives understand security risks and what to look for. Also, take advantage of tools that automate the monitoring of network traffic and user behavior.
2. Create a dedicated response team
Identify a leader and empower a team of individuals to minimize the impact of security incidents and restore operations as quickly as possible. The team should include IT, business continuity, communications, documentation, and legal/HR roles.
3. Draft an incident response process
There’s no need for a complex plan, start simple. The key here is to document standards and ensure consistency in how you respond to security incidents. Try an in-person test (tabletop exercise).
4. Connect people and tools
Connect both people and tools with the necessary capabilities from around your organization. Chances are, much of what you need is already in place.
5. Understand where you have gaps
After you draft your process and go through some testing, identify where you have capability or capacity gaps and build a plan to address them.
BONUS TIP: Get help filling in the gaps
Utilize a third-party to help you identify and address gaps in your Incident Response Plan. Doing so can improve your overal plan, threat detection capabilities, and how you respond to threats.
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