Data breaches can be detrimental to any organisation as it exposes sensitive and private information of anyone connected to that organisation. Although data breaches have been reported to be dropping year-over-year by Infosecurity Magazine, still an alarming 1.4 billion records were exposed this year in 686 breaches reported between January 1 and March 31.
This fortunately means that the steps being taken to prevent data breaches are working, but the rate at which it is being prevented needs to be improved drastically. One of the reasons we are not able to prevent more breaches could be the rate at which new threats are emerging and the types of threats that are constantly changing. While businesses are getting better at identifying the attacks and preventing them, there are still many who aren’t properly advised or protected that are exposed to these attacks.
In reality, what people need to realise is that an organisation of any type, as long as it’s carrying sensitive data, is at potential risk of being breached, regardless of size or industry. The attack may involve the theft of source code, valuable intellectual property, negotiation data or general business disruption. Which is why, a proper protocol to respond once the organisation is attacked needs to be in place in order to effectively identify and mitigate the risks, just like one would have when implementing a disaster recovery plan.
By having the proper procedures present, as soon as a breach occurs and you are notified that intruders have broken through your defences, you are better prepared to recover the business quickly and run operations as per normal. Once a breach has taken place, for C-level executives and front-line IT and security staff, it is critical to the organisation that they prevent any further loss of data and store forensic data. And the second step, which is more of a long-term strategy, is to look at ways to prevent further breaches in the future.
CrowdStrike is a cybersecurity technology firm that offers time-tested recommendations to respond to cyber breaches, as well as the expertise to effectively make a quick recovery. The CrowdStrike team has a pooled resource from decades of collective experience from their cybersecurity consultants to make sure the organisation has the best and most effective plans in place.
Some of the planned steps they recommend in the event of a breach include:
Get back to business
Of these three, the most critical and perhaps the reason for the other two, is to get back to normal operations as soon as possible with as little downtime as possible. CrowdStrike achieves this critical point by adopting these steps:
Providing accelerated time-to-visibility and remediation with reduced forensic costs
Reducing business interruption losses by getting you back to business faster
Minimising cyberattack impact by quickly identifying and ejecting attackers
CrowdStrike Services helps you create and fortify a plan of action while also providing pre- and post-incident response services that keep you proactive in your defence against cybercrime.
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