It is not a question of "If" a cyber attack occurs but a question of "When" will the cyber attack come, and daily, both large, mid size and small organizations are coming to the realization that running a business efficiently in this age of sophisticated cyber attacks will need adequate preparations and planning. Having an IRT team has proven to be a very effective strategy for accomplishing this and more and more organizations are beginning to embrace this method as they see the way the IRT teams in other organizations help in countering cyber attacks, strengthening the organizations defenses and getting the employees ready and prepared for any future attacks.
An Incident Response team is trained and equipped for countering and solving any form of cyber attacks on an organization. Having such a team present during an attack will go a long way in helping curtail the amount of damages done and will easily help the organization prevent the situation from escalating and leading to wrong mistakes done in the heat of the moment, multiple lawsuits, fines and a loss of credibility and reputation.
Having an efficient and effective incident response team on hand can be the only difference stopping your organization from falling into total chaos immediately after a cyber attack occurs.
The incident response team is tasked with the job of creating a plan or set of rules and guidelines that most be followed in the case of an emergency. These instructions are called Incident Response Plan and they serve as a guiding hand in the moment of heat.
However, for these incident response plan to be effective, the incident response team will have to train all employees on how to respond to workplace emergencies and cyber security threats, so that they know exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it when it eventually occurs.
In a situation where a cyber attack was successful and cooperate data as been stolen, the incident response team are handed the job of:
Finding out how the breach occurred
Finding out how it could have been prevented
What went wrong or who made the mistake
How to protect the company from massive legal actions and fines
And preparing the company for any future attacks
Having all these planned out and prepared for all employees to follow will go a long way in helping an organization navigate through the sticky situation and come out stronger in the end.
Having an active incident response team will not only help you deal with data theft more efficiently, but will also go a long way in increasing the overall security alertness in all aspects and areas of your organization, thereby increasing the adherence to safety measures and protocols, increasing interdepartmental communications and strengthening the trust of your stakeholders in your brand. All these eventually leads to a stronger more efficient organization that is ready to face any future cyber attacks.