What does your Business need to Survive a Cyber Attack?
It all starts with your preparedness.
To prepare for a cyber attack, businesses should establish a task force and assign specific individuals to respond to a breach. The task force should comprise of IT Professionals (Internal or External such as ourselves), legal counsel, upper management, and any relevant external partners or service providers.
Before an attack, it is crucial to create a comprehensive Cyber Security policy that covers protecting your business from cyber attacks, as well as identifying, containing, and recovering from attacks if they were to happen. It is also important to develop a plan to communicate with stakeholders, such as; employees, customers, and in some cases the media.
Aside from forming a task force and creating a Cyber Secuity Policy, there are other critical measures to enhance preparedness for a cyber attack. Regular security assessments can identify vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit. Robust security controls, including network and cloud security, endpoint security software, user identity protection, and encryption and more, can safeguard systems and data. Training employees on the importance of cyber security and how to identify and report potential threats can also help protect the organisation from an attack. Additionally, establishing incident response protocols and performing forensic incident response simulations can help manage the aftermath of a cyberattack and help navigate the legal and technical challenges that typically arise after a breach.
What should be included in your Cyber Security Disaster Response?
- Assess the extent of the attack: Identify the type and source of the attack, and assess the damage caused to systems and data.
- Contain the attack: Isolate infected systems and devices, disconnect the network from the internet, if necessary, shut down affected services, and implement any emergency measures required.
- Eradicate the threat: Remove malware or malicious software, patch exploited vulnerabilities, and reset passwords. In some cases dispose of the hardware involved in the incident.
- Restore data and services: Restore systems, services, and lost data, and rebuild affected systems if necessary.
- Report the event: Establish a reporting process and inform senior leadership, law enforcement, insurance agencies, employees, clients, and third-party vendors. Provide regular updates to maintain transparency and trust.
Many businesses do not have these policies and plans in place as the cyber security landscape can seem complex and overwhelming. Here at One2Call we can assist you through the entire process, including; assessment, implementation, education, maintenance, support, and remediation. This means that you will have our in-house expert’s knowledge working for you to ensure that you are protected.
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