Cybercrimes have always been a headache for businesses and institutions. Moreover, it’s quite difficult for anyone to put a solid cyber attack defense in place. Cybercriminals are very powerful and can challenge strict firewall protection with much more effective techniques.
Apparently, there is less probability of surviving an attack unless you’re equipped with modern tools. Therefore, you, as an organization, will always need the plan to keep your business operations uninterrupted.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”
So, it’s a plan that makes the actual difference. For an organization or institution, it’s mandatory to set up a proper recovery plan for operational continuity and decreasing system downtime. Salvador Technologies has always been ready in helping businesses in adopting mitigation procedures after cyber attacks.
What Actions Must Be In Place To Handle Incidents?
It’s always said that the offender is always one step ahead of the defender. This means that the defender must be prepared for every possible result. To make a long story short, there must be Plan B in place, and in case of a cyber-attack, you must plan your recovery. The following steps are a must for effective incident response and cyber readiness.
The most basic and foremost step for effective incident response is to draft certain guidelines. Those guidelines may include:
Develop policies, procedures, and agreements for incident response management.
For seamless communication during and after the incident, create a communication standard and guidelines.
Perform analysis, ongoing collection, and synchronization of all threat intelligence reports.
Perform exercises for improving operational continuity.
Ensure that risk assessment and improvement programs are in process regularly.
2. Detection and Reporting
Detection and reporting are as important as restoring backup for operational continuity. It’s proportional to low downtime because as early as you detect the incident the easier it’ll be for you to restore your backup. Your IT team needs to
Monitor security procedures using data loss prevention, intrusion prevention systems, and firewalls.
Detect all security threats and incidents using correlating alerts.
Create alerts using initial findings and incident classification.
Perform regulatory reporting escalations using necessary accommodations.
3. Triage and Analysis
You should ensure that the respective team in your firm must analyze all security incidents, collect data, and develop an initial strategy to minimize the severity. In addition, the team must ensure what resources can be helpful in a particular scenario. It must focus on three primary areas: Endpoint Analysis, Binary Analysis, and Enterprise Hunting.
4. Containment and Neutralization
The analysis report will perform the most vital role here. Your organization’s IT expert will need to draft a new effective strategy using the initial findings, recommendations, intelligence, and indications. In this phase, recovery strategies must be enforced to ensure normal operations are resumed. The following actions can help resume business processes:
4.1 Coordinated Shutdown: Mark all those systems that are affected due to the incident. You need to ensure that = marked systems are timely restored using a predefined cyber recovery plan.
4.2 Wipe and Rebuild: Erase everything from the infected devices and launch the recovery plan. Salvador Technologies is the best in this case. During this phase, we reinstall operating systems on the affected devices, change all passwords, and set up a firewall with continuous data backup.
4.3 Threat Mitigation Requests: Once your team has identified all incident sources then it’ll be easy to implement control and command procedures. Threat mitigation requests must be enforced to block all channels connected to those sources.
Mitigation Measures for Cyber Recovery Plan
According to research from Net Set Security, malware attacks have increased by nearly 400%. Therefore, it’s a must for organizations to have a proper recovery plan for cyber readiness and resilience. The following measures can help in easy cyber attack recovery:
Follow your incident response plan: As mentioned above several times, it’s important to have an incident response plan to decrease system downtime. The incident response and recovery plan must contain responsibilities for concerned experts to ensure all actions are implemented accordingly.
Create An Operational Continuity Plan: Your OT plan must ensure the complete working of the entire system despite being affected due to cyber attacks. Your employees must have the proper training to keep the entire process operational while making sure that the infection is being removed.
Safe Backups for Effective OT: If you’ve got a perfect cyber recovery system then safe backups are in your access. This is where Salvador Technologies can be a helping hand.
Can A Cyber Attack Cause Physical Damage?
Yes, if hackers manage to access the network then they can result in great physical damage. Hackers can disrupt the entire system by manipulating electrical and mechanical equipment.
What is Eradication in Incident Response?
Eradication is an effective incident response that features the removal of the threat and restoring infected systems. The purpose is to implement the recovery plan with minimum data loss.
Avoiding cyber recovery altogether is never impossible, as both volume and success rates are increasing dramatically. Therefore, it’s always necessary to plan your D-Day. A perfect recovery plan is essential as it keeps you ahead of evolving threats with actions that deliver resilience. Salvador Technologies helps clients determine what steps are required in advance and how a well-designed cyber recovery system can help you.
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