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Common mistakes while Security Incident Response Planning

Well-prepared incident response teams are a powerful weapon in an agency’s arsenal in the unpredictable and fast-paced battle against cyber attackers. Incident response teams, which are responsible for evaluating security systems and reacting to security threats.

Addressing typical incident response mistakes may help companies assess if their incident response teams are able to fix their security issues rather than escalate them.

  1. Plans are reactive rather than proactive

    While a successful attack will tend to catch a company off guard in its very nature, the more your business is alerted to an attack’s potential and will be able to respond quickly, the more damage will be mitigated and the less intensive recovery efforts will have to be.

  2. Weak Password Policies

    A login strategy is a key component of a contingency plan to cyber security events. The rule should include some criteria that make simple (i.e. quick to hack) passwords difficult to use. Companies should use self-service and automation to make it easier and more efficient.

  3. Teams are unable to interact properly with the right people

    Many IT security organizations have segmented many functions such as vulnerability scanning, finding, coordinating, and communicating with key stakeholders involved in responding to an incident can be a major challenge.

  4. Inadequate Patching

    Criminals are constantly trying to find ways to sneak in the back door, if you haven’t addressed the weaknesses in your systems and infrastructure properly, then you’re leaving yourself wide open to become a target. Patches are sometimes necessary.

  5. You never think it could happen to you

    Often a smaller company ends up becoming subjected to a cyber-attack when their weakness has not been identified. Businesses of all sizes and sectors are at risk these days, so in order to minimize victimization, you need to be vigilant.

  6. Not learning from mistakes

    Having a successful incident response strategy and implementing it will take the organisation a long way to secure the business, but the refinement of your plan after each event is equally important, as the staff and the resources may have changed over time.

  7. Lack of reporting and control

    Avoid the deployment of increased monitoring after an incident. This is equivalent to firing in the foot during the response to the incident. Some businesses are unable to provide 24/7 safety surveillance, after an accident, there is no reason not to improve monitoring.

  8. Plans are not regularly reviewed and updated

    Each year, organizations with strategies to respond to safety incidents will evaluate their current processes, assess their efficacy, fix upgrades needed, and improve learning.

  9. Users do not know their role in the organization’s security position

    Exploiting clients is one of the most popular and simplest ways hackers will infiltrate organizations. Locating a loophole that allows a hacker full access to a network can be a lot of work, but convincing a customer to run malware is the play of the kid.

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