With how the news is looking with cases on cyberattacks, it is no longer a question of if it will happen, but when will it happen? This affects both large corporations and SMEs. The attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so businesses need to realize that they are all at risk. Proper planning and preparations are vital.
A sufficient way to remain well-prepared is having an IRT team. Many businesses are embracing such teams, given they have proven to offer reliable service. Their services include strengthening the company’s defense, countering a cyber attack, and training employees to stay prepared in case of any future attacks.
The Incident Response Team needs to undergo proper training and equipping to counter and solve different types of cyberattacks in any business. When a company has such a team during an attack, the entire situation will have a different approach positively. They will prevent escalations of adverse effects, mistakes caused by pressure at the heat of the moment, fines, lawsuits, and possibly reduce losses.
The Role of IRT
Several businesses have had to close operations entirely after a cyberattack. When an organization has an IRT, such extreme losses can be avoided while still preventing other forms of chaos.
The IRT job is to plan, set rules and guidelines, and help follow them through during a cyberattack. The rules and regulations are better termed as an incident response plan. The plan serves as a guide when things are heated up.
The only challenge is that an incident response plan might not be useful if the people meant to use it have no idea of how it works. Therefore, the IRT team has to train a company’s employees on ways to respond during a cyberattack emergency. This will ensure that all parties know what to do and when to act in the event of a cybersecurity threat.
If a cybercriminal is successful and a business’s data is stolen, the IRT team will:
- Evaluate the occurrence.
- Look for ways the breach would have been avoided.
- Check what went wrong or who is responsible.
- Look for ways to seal the company from escalated legal actions and massive fines.
- Prepare the business for future attacks.
When all guiding rules and regulations are documented, and employees have a clear understanding of how to respond, there is a high chance that the company will get through the unpleasant situation. This will also allow them to come out safer if not stronger.
Every business needs a reliable incident response team. This will help them deal with information and data theft plus generally increase the cybersecurity of any organization. The IRT should ensure adherence to safety measures and protocols, interdepartmental communications, and communication to stakeholders in line with cybersecurity. By doing this, a company will be stronger, thus being better prepared to deal with cyberattacks