Incident Response And How To Best Handle It

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Incident Response And How To Best Handle It

Security Incident

How often do you hear that data breaches are unavoidable? How many times do you hear of a security incident? A security incident is frequently a high-stress situation. Having a planned incident response measures allow for a faster and more coordinated reaction, avoiding numerous avoidable business consequences and brand damage.

Every second counts when a security incident happens. Malware infections spread quickly. Ransomware can cause significant harm, and compromised accounts can be leveraged for privilege escalation, leading attackers to more sensitive data.

What Is Incident Response?

Incident response (IR) is a way of dealing with security incidents, breaches, and cyber threats in an organized manner. A well-defined incident response plan (IRP) enables you to identify, mitigate the damage, and lower the cost of a cyber assault. All while identifying and resolving the root cause to prevent future attacks.

During a cybersecurity event, security teams face a flurry of activity and many unknowns. In such a hectic situation, they may fail to follow proper protocols to limit the damage.

Importance Of Having An Incident Response Plan

An incident response plan is a document offering an organized process for handling and reducing the repercussions of security incidents, cyber assaults, and data breaches.

Here’s why having IRP is crucial:

  • It gives you a clear picture of the assets that need to be protected.
  • It shows how to deal with a specific situation in the most efficient manner.
  • It helps you in determining the cause of an incident and preventing future occurrences.

Incident response is a procedure, not a one-time occurrence. For an incident response to be successful, teams must approach any issue in a coordinated and planned manner. Once a security event is detected, follow these precise incident response steps:

1.      Preparation

An organization should be ready to deal with a cybersecurity incident before it occurs and plan all essential response procedures ahead of time. The key to successful incident response is preparation. Without defined rules, even the most substantial incident response cannot effectively address an incident to resolve.  The preparation step also includes determining what to do to prevent a data breach or attack in the first place.

2.      Detection And Reporting

This step focuses on security event monitoring to discover, alert, and report potential security incidents. Examine security incidents in your environment using firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and data loss prevention. Identify potential security incidents by correlating alerts within a SIEM (security information and event management) solution. The reporting process should involve accommodation for regulatory reporting escalations.

3.      Analysis

During this step, the majority of the effort goes towards correctly scoping and comprehending the security event. Data from tools and systems are collected for subsequent analysis and to uncover indicators of compromise. Individuals should have in-depth knowledge and skills of live system responses, digital forensics, memory analysis, and malware analysis.

4.      Containment, Eradication, And Recovery

A company needs to successfully respond to an attack, eliminate the threat, and recover the compromised systems and data. Gathering proof concerning the occurrence is also necessary at this stage, both for settling the issue and for legal proceedings later on.

5.      Post-Incident Activity

After resolving the issue, there is still more work to do. Documenting the incident will aid in the improvement of the incident response strategy and augment additional security measures to prevent future security problems.

Final Thoughts

Incident response has become the major component of information technology (IT) programs. Cybersecurity-related attacks have grown in number and variety, as well as in severity and disruption.

New forms of security-related issues crop up regularly. Although preventive actions based on risk assessments can minimize the frequency of occurrences, not all incidents can be avoided. Therefore, an incident response capability is essential for rapidly identifying incidents, minimizing loss and destruction, mitigating the weaknesses that were exploited, and restoring IT services.


Rogue Logics provides in-depth security services for the assessment and protection of your application, data, and infrastructure against potential threats on-prem or in the cloud.

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