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Don’t Make These Incident Response Planning Mistakes

Worried about cyberattacks hitting your business? You’re not alone.

Cyberattacks pose a real danger to businesses like yours and without a solid incident response plan, your business won’t be able to recover quickly, resulting in extensive losses. The good news, however, is that an incident response plan can help.

Just like a well-balanced Jenga tower should not fall over immediately if a few bricks are removed from the structure, your response plan provides a sturdy foundation for a quick recovery if a disruptive incident occurs.

Through this blog, we’ll show you the common mistakes, myths and misconceptions that can stop you from building a strong response plan. We’ll also share simple solutions that will help you safely navigate cyber challenges.

Avoid these mistakes to build a strong response plan

Here are a few common mistakes that all businesses should avoid:

Mistake 1: Thinking cyber incidents only come from external attacks
  • By ignoring internal threats, you’re creating opportunities for cyberattacks.
  • Internal mistakes, like ineffective processes or human errors due to inadequate training, can also lead to data breaches.

Solution: Invest in your employees and set up a process

  • Train your employees on cybersecurity best practices and establish protocols for handling sensitive information.
  • Periodically review your internal processes. This will help you find and resolve issues in your procedures that could lead to data leakage.
Mistake 2: Focusing only on technology
  • You can’t build an effective incident response plan by solely focusing on technology. While tech solutions are valuable, they’re only effective when they are efficiently leveraged by a team of trained personnel.
  • A solid response plan goes beyond technology and includes communication plans, legal considerations and damage control strategies.

Solution: Build a complete response plan

  • Train your response team on both tools and processes. Don’t focus solely on the technology.
  • Develop clear communication protocols.
  • Define clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensure your team understands your legal obligation to report and comply with data breach regulations.
Mistake 3: Not updating your response plan
  • It’s a common misconception that an incident response plan, once created, need not be updated. However, the truth is, without regular review, updates and practice, a response plan will become ineffective.
  • Also, without simulations and post-incident analysis, you won’t be able to find the root cause of a problem and avoid future reoccurrence.

Solution: Consistently review your response plan

  • Establish a process to hold regular reviews.
  • Adapt your response plan to keep up with the evolving threat landscape.
  • Conduct periodic simulations to refine your response strategy and ensure team readiness.

The above-mentioned solutions will help you build a proactive incident response plan. However, it’s also a good strategy to take the help of experts if you don’t have the resources and tools. Consider partnering with an experienced IT service provider.

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