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Incident Response Planning

mastering incident response planning

Your organization is the biggest target for data breaches. Sixty percent of small and mid-sized businesses that are hacked go out of business within six months, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. Your organization needs to be prepared for information leaks, account and network compromises, and data breaches. If you’re asking if your organization will be breached, the answer is yes. Consider this, more than 7 in 10 of all organizations in the United States were affected by a data breach, according to the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report.

The better you can prepare for inevitable cyberattacks with a well-defined Incident Response Plan (IRP), the better armed your organization will be. An Incident Response Plan is a set of instructions to help you detect, respond to, and manage a security incident. Building a clear IRP that you can rely on will help guide you and prepare for the imminent security incident. Your goal is to limit potential damage, reduce risks, and get your organization back on track.

Redhawk can partner with you to manage your incident response

The good news is Redhawk Network Security is your ally to help you protect your network, information, and assets. We can help you manage the incident response process every step of the way, starting with the Incident Response Plan (IRP) and continuing with plan development and testing. If you do not yet have an IRP, you are not alone. Seventy seven percent of organizations do not have a formal cybersecurity incident response plan in place, according to the Ponemon Institute.

Cyber attackers and hackers are becoming more sophisticated and motivated. They are constantly spawning new attacks to compromise, steal or destroy critical information and disrupt organizations, according to GCN. Redhawk can take your existing incident management policy—or build one from scratch—and work with you to develop it into an Incident Response Plan with thorough development, training, testing, and observation oversight.

Incident response plan, plan development, testing

Redhawk will work with you on each of the Incident Response phases, including Incident Response Plan development and execution:

  • Identify relevant laws and standards as they relate to your organization

  • List specific, regulatory environment-driven requirements that the program must meet

  • Define Information Security Incident (ISI) as opposed to a significant event and identify authority(ies) authorized to declare ISI’s

  • Define roles and responsibilities

  • Define critical assets and systems

  • Define monitoring systems, detection enablers, and forensics enablers

  • Create the communication plan

  • Create the actual Incident Response Plan

  • Define the Incident Response team’s required equipment and assets based on the plan’s structure and steps

  • Define plan review, updating, and testing requirements

  • Define exception request process and identify authority authorized to grant exceptions

Redhawk will work with you to rigorously test the Incident Response Plan and empower your team, including training personnel, conducting onsite exercises, creating multiple customer scenarios, and presenting a report on the testing outcomes.

On an ongoing basis, Redhawk will work with you to make adjustments as needed and conduct additional onsite exercises to ensure that the Incident Response Plan meets your needs, addresses regulatory and compliance requirements, and is continuously updated to reflect the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

"Being hit by a cyberattack is going to be painful. But it can be less painful if you're prepared."

-Dark Reading

The consequences of not having an incident response plan in place:

  • Downtime

  • Outages

  • Customer/patient issues

  • Compliance issues

  • Loss of revenue

  • Loss of reputation

  • Regulatory fines, lawsuits

  • Loss of business

  • Business shutting down