The worst time to find out that you are not prepared for a cybersecurity incident is after a breach occurs. Preventive measures no longer matter once a cyber attack unfolds — that’s why it’s important to establish plans and procedures for your team to follow well in advance of a breach.
Cyber attacks are unpredictable and escalate quickly, so your team must respond quickly, control the damage, and restore business operations as soon as possible. Your incident response process should be optimized in three areas: resources, information, and speed.
With that in mind, what is the most time- and cost-effective way to minimize cyber attack damage and re-secure your operational systems?
Most cybersecurity experts would agree that a serious cyber attack is best handled by a specialized team. However, most smaller companies think they lack the resources to maintain an in-house team or engage a managed services provider with the necessary security expertise.
The traditional response to a cyber attack is as follows:
1. Call for help
External help is not necessary if your internal IT team has the experience and expertise to deal with the attack. But if that is not the case, it can take some time before your internal IT team recognizes the extent of the situation and calls a security services provider for help.
Due to the time-sensitive nature of the work, your company will have very little leverage to negotiate prices.
An outside security firm may not be able to begin analysis right away. They may need to bring in their preferred infrastructure tools to the site of the breach.
Then, before they can begin to understand the source, nature, and scope of the breach, they must also familiarize themselves with the company’s network, application infrastructure, and available data — all of which takes time.
It is only when the threat has been thoroughly analyzed that a remediation plan can be implemented.
There are obvious limitations to this scenario — notably, in the three areas we identified earlier as needing optimization.
First, resources will be inefficiently used because your company will have little leverage to negotiate the price of hiring an external provider.
Second, information availability may be limited once a breach is underway.
Finally, the speed at which you can deal with the breach will be compromised, simply due to the amount of time it will take to get through each step of this process.
Active Threat Protection and Embedded CSIR
In the face of those limitations, Active Threat Protection can offer you a viable alternative. One of its key principles states that security automation by itself doesn’t solve security problems; rather, security analysts are always needed to offer an added human touch.
Embedded Cybersecurity Incident Response (CSIR), which is based on the principles of Active Threat Protection, resolves cyber attacks by using specialized resources that run constantly — in “embedded mode” — within a company’s IT infrastructure.
The primary objective of embedded CSIR is to reduce the amount of time it takes to remediate a cyber attack. As such, it offers a more efficient and effective way of dealing with cyber attacks than the traditional remediation approach outlined earlier.
Here are a few of the benefits of embedded CSIR:
With embedded CSIR, you will be able to identify true attacks more quickly, and you won’t need to call for external help to deal with any breaches.
Security analysts are continuously watching over your network, using Active Analytics data and Active Forensics tools to examine any event that could indicate a potential threat.
Availability of Specialized Resources
Embedded CSIR keeps IT staff specializing in cyber attacks on hand — at a reasonable cost. Moreover, in the event of a breach, analysis can begin more quickly as your team will already be familiar with the hardware and information available.
By reducing response time, limiting down time, and allowing a specialized third party to manage the necessary hardware and software, embedded CSIR has proven to be a surprisingly cost-effective tool for remediating cyber attacks.
During any cyber attack, you will need reliable resources, complete information, and an ability to respond rapidly. Embedded CSIR offers you all three assets, which means you’d be well-equipped to handle an inevitable cybersecurity breach. And that peace of mind is priceless.
How Will You Handle a Breach?
To continually provide clients with the best in IT managed services, YJT Solutions has strategically chosen eSentire as its partner in cybersecurity. Together, we’ll tackle the complex, constantly evolving security threats that Chicago businesses face every day.
To learn more about cybercrime, what the future holds for security and what you can do to protect your company, read more about our cybersecurity offerings, or download eSentire’s whitepaper, We’ve Been Breached: Now What?