by Brian Engle
In support of an overarching information security program, a resilient, sustained incident response program comes from the organization developing the capability in conjunction with the incident response program. The incident response program involves activities that occur in advance of an actual incident event with the goal of ensuring that the organization is prepared to respond. The prepared organization has anticipated the potential for their cybersecurity defenses to fail, or that an adversary will circumvent the defenses, and a set of actions will be necessary to protect critical assets and limit harm.
CyberDefenses helps organizations maintain “Military-Grade” levels of cybersecurity. Using disciplines and expertise built from extensive experience, the “Military-Grade” approach for incident response combines comprehensive preparedness and execution to move from reactive to responsive, while effectively executing to a plan that is purposely adaptable for adjustments that the field conditions may dictate. A well-built program anticipates likely outcomes and potential contingencies. The incident response program forestalls that practice makes perfect, and that perfect during practice may still need to adapt in order to overcome under live-fire.
The incident response program helps to improve and produce a capable defense, while enabling a proactive response to attacks. The program will include developing a well-honed plan for the coordination of activities across the organization and within the teams that are responsible for incident response. The plan is used to ensure that communications are clear, timely and complete; enabling each of the team members to execute their distinct response processes. The detailed steps of the process need to be repeatable, but also flexible enough to fluctuate with the various conditions.
“Military Grade” isn’t the execution of rote process, but instead the level-headed calm under extreme conditions that preparedness achieves. Execution, like you’ve been through the event before occurs because you either have been there through training or experience. You are executing a plan prepared for anticipated or predicted likely incident event types or otherwise adjusted as needed to adapt and overcome. The incident response program enables the organization to reach the end goals of mitigation of the active threat, remediation of the damages incurred, and restoration of normal operations for achieving mission objectives.
While having Military-Grade defenses can inhibit a large number threats, having a plan for Incident Response is crucial to any organization to eliminate panic and deal with threats in the most timely and effective manner possible.
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