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Taking the time to react in the event of a cybersecurity event can cause an added layer of stress to your team during a time that you need to act quickly. Putting together a cybersecurity incident response plan is vital for small to mid-size business CEOs, especially when you consider that 43% of cyberattacks are aimed specifically at small businesses and not enterprise organizations. Just as with any project, you’re unlikely to be successful without a plan firmly in place that accounts for a variety of variables and can be executed quickly by your team. Creating a step-by-step incident response (IR) plan that is appropriately automated and can be rapidly triggered will help your team calmly and quickly respond to cybersecurity threats to your organization.
While each incident response plan should be customized for your organization, there are certain activities that will help you move through the more formalized steps. They include:
There are two key frameworks that you can utilize to build your incident response plan: the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the SANS (Sys-Admin, Audit, Network and Security). The two are quite similar and are both aimed at returning your organization to full operations quickly and efficiently. Each is an adaptive model, meaning they are built to change over time as the business evolves to provide you with the business continuity that you need.
While this template can help you get started, your cybersecurity response plan should be a living, breathing document that grows with your business. Whether you need assistance getting started with your plan or are looking for a partner to support your business after a cybersecurity event has already happened, contact the professionals at CIO Advise at 833-CIO-ADVISE. Our team of talented security specialists will work closely with your business to define best practices and ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality that occurs.