How Essential is an Incident Response Plan?

Tony MasonCyber Security, Penetration Testing

What is an Incident Response Plan? 

An incident response plan is a comprehensive and structured approach to addressing and managing security incidents within an organisation. Particularly, it outlines the steps, roles, responsibilities, and procedures to follow in the event of a security breach or any other adverse event that may impact the organisation’s systems or data.

What’s the Purpose of an Incident Response Plan? 

The main purpose of an incident response plan is to minimise the damage caused by a security incident. It helps to ensure a swift and effective response, reducing the impact on business operations, reputation, and customer trust. Having an IR plan helps to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a cyber attack. It includes the plan and procedures. This can help minimise the damage caused by an attack, as well as help you recover more quickly. Additionally, having a plan in place shows that you take security seriously to clients and suppliers. It shows you are prepared to deal with any cyber attacks that may pose a threat. This can also help to deter attackers. They are more likely to target businesses that do not have strong security measures in place.

Benefits of an IR Plan 

Specifically, having an incident response plan in place offers several key benefits for organisations. These include:

  • Minimising Downtime: An incident response plan helps to minimise the impact of a security incident on business operations. By having predefined steps and procedures to follow, organisations can quickly and effectively respond to incidents. They can reduce downtime and ensure that critical systems and services are restored as soon as possible.
  • Protecting Data and Systems: An IR plan helps to protect an organisation’s data and systems by outlining the necessary steps to contain and mitigate the impact of a security incident. This includes isolating affected systems, identifying the root cause of the incident, and implementing measures to prevent future incidents.
  • Maintaining Customer Trust: Prompt and effective incident response is crucial for maintaining customer trust and confidence in an organisation. By having an IR plan in place, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to protecting customer data and privacy. This can help reassure customers that their information is secure, leading to increased trust and loyalty.
  • Complying with Regulations: Many industries have specific regulations and compliance requirements regarding incident response. Having an IR plan that aligns with these regulations helps organisations meet their legal obligations and avoid costly penalties and fines.
Why do you Need an Incident Response Plan? 

When it comes to protecting your business, being prepared for the worst is essential. An incident response plan is a critical part of any business continuity strategy. Overall, it provides guidance on how to deal with unexpected events that could disrupt operations.

Further, an effective incident response plan will help you minimise the impact of a cyber incident and get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

What’s Included in an Incident Response Package?

At our partners, Pentest People, their Incident Response Plans offer industry-leading techniques and protocols to help businesses in the case of a breach or cyber attack. Their IR service helps take the burden of reacting to such an attack, utilising their expertise to reduce the damage and downtime for your business. 

They offer three reactive service packages: Basic, Standard, and Premium. The basic package includes the following: 

  • Identify which systems have been compromised
  • Determine which IPs were targeted
  • Confirm the type of attack
  • Quarantine of infected host/network/system
  • Clone Devices if required
  • IOC Gathering – Determine the cause of the attack
  • Implement controls to prevent any re-occurrence of attack
  • Vulnerability Scan
  • 3 Weekly Dark Web Scans

With standard and premium, adding more features to make your business fully prepared to react in the case of an attack. Their standard and premium packages are the most popular, offering that full secure protection for businesses in the case of an emergency attack. Take a look here.

Whether you have an incident response plan and need that extra assurance, or have been attacked and need some immediate help, get in touch 01628 362 784 & we’ll put you in touch with the IR Team.