Incident Response: Having a Plan in Place For Your Business

Liam Follin

Senior Consultant

Liam is one of the senior consultants at Pentest People, with a wide range of skills and experience from Web Applications to Social Engineering he's able to give great comments and opinions on cybersecurity matters.

Incident Response: Having a Plan in Place For Your Business

A cyber attack can happen to businesses of any size or structure. In order to protect your data and your systems, it is important to have a plan in place. This means having protocols in place for dealing with a cyber threat, and making sure all of your employees are aware of the plan and know what to do if an attack occurs. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of incident response planning and how you can secure a structure that is right for your business.

What is an Incident Response Plan?

An incident response plan is a procedure, or set of procedures, put in place to best prepare a business to tackle a successful cyber attack. This is usually a full plan covering crucial steps including identification of the cyber attack itself and implementation of future steps to prevent a reoccurring attack. The plan is designed to detect, respond to, and limit consequences of a malicious cyber attacks against an organisation’s information systems.

What Does an Incident Response Plan Achieve?

First, it helps to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a cyber attack, the plan and procedures. This can help minimize the damage caused by an attack, as well as help you recover more quickly. Additionally, having a plan in place shows that you take security seriously to clients and suppliers and therefore are prepared to deal with any cyber attacks that may pose a threat. This can help to deter attackers, as they are more likely to target businesses that do not have strong security measures in place.

Investing in an Incident Response Plan

When investing in an incident response plan, you are more than covered in the event of an attack. A plan set in place will not only create a structure for your employees but show your clients and suppliers that you value your security in your business, putting their minds at ease in the event of a cyber attack. An incident response plan includes: identification of the cyber attack, clarification on any malicious activity, implementation controls to prevent any recurrence of attack and regular penetration tests or vulnerability scanning to provide ongoing understanding of your threat landscape.

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Benefits of an Incident Response Plan

There are many benefits, including:

  • Reducing the risks of a successful attack.
  • Quickly identifying and responding to an attack.
  • Minimising the damage caused by an attack.
  • Showing that you take security seriously within your organisation.
  • Deterring attackers from targeting your business.

All these benefits massively reduce the aftermath of a cyber attack and help your business stay on track and return back to business as soon as possible. Without an incident response plan, the risk of your business being irreversibly damaged is highly likely, so investing is a no brainer.

What’s Included in our Plan?

Our Incident Response Plan here at Pentest People includes:

  • Confirmation of attack.
  • Identification of the systems affected
  • Identification of malicious activity.
  • IOC Gathering – Determining the cause of attack.
  • Regular Vulnerability Scans.
  • Dark Web daily scans.
  • Regular Penetration Tests.

To ensure your business safety, enquire today about our Incident Response Service.

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