The Benefits of Incident Response

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    Data Breach Prevention and Management

    Incident response plans should be deployed alongside other cybersecurity functions to act as a fail-safe against the real risk of cyberattacks and data breaches. Once a breach is detected, the tools, processes, and people that make up your incident response program will spring into action.

     

    Your incident response team will investigate every incident to determine the extent of the breach. They’ll file reports with your stakeholders and take additional steps to patch vulnerabilities. In the event of data loss, your incident response team will work to recover and secure lost data.

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    Investor and Client Confidence

    Your clients, customers, and investors expect you to treat data with the care it deserves. This doesn’t mean simply establishing a proactive cybersecurity posture. It also means ensuring you have a program in place to investigate and recover data if the worst comes to pass.

     

    Including incident response as part of your cybersecurity program can help you inspire confidence in all your company’s stakeholders. By working with outsourced incident response specialists like Uvation, you can deploy a program quickly, at a minimal cost.

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    Lower Investigation Costs

    Your internal IT staff already have enough on their plates. Investigating and responding to a cybersecurity incident may not be within the scope of their expertise, either.

     

    By working with an external team, you can minimize the costs of investigating a cybersecurity incident. You won’t need to bring in an investigative service after the fact, then wait for them to familiarize themselves with your network.

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    Compliance

    In many industries, and some jurisdictions, incident response programs are necessary to successfully comply with data regulations. Meeting these requirements on your own can be daunting sometimes, especially if you’re working to break into a new market.

     

    By partnering with an incident response team like Uvation, you can adopt a compliant incident response program much faster than you could if you were to hire experts internally. This can ensure you’re compliant with relevant regulations faster, so you can keep focusing on growing your business.

    Comprehensive Incident Response with Uvation

    Uvation is made up of skilled security technicians and strategists who stand ready to deploy your incident response program. We can connect you to powerful technologies that help you monitor your network continually and identify breaches in real-time, so you’ll always be prepared when the time comes.

     

    Don’t leave incident response up to chance. Contact Uvation today to start building out your program.

    Comprehensive Incident Response with Uvation

    Incident Response Explained

    Not long ago, some companies believed they could avoid potential data breaches simply by virtue of being small. Unfortunately, cybersecurity threats have only escalated; now, every business is a potential target of a data breach or cyberattack—even small businesses. Cyberattacks now cost small companies $200,000 on average.

    Incident response refers to the people, technologies, and processes that respond when a cybersecurity incident occurs. The primary purpose of incident response is to detect the threat, then isolate and contain it to mitigate the damage it causes to the network. Once a threat is contained, incident response teams work to remediate the damages it caused, so the company can get back to normal operation as soon as possible.

    Malicious actors now use automated tools to scan for vulnerabilities in a variety of critical systems, then exploit those vulnerabilities to access sensitive information, implant viruses and malware, or hold computer systems for ransom.

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    A Final Line of Defense and a Path to Recovery

    Incident response is not an end-to-end cybersecurity solution. In an ideal scenario, your company will not need to engage in incident response at all. That’s because incident response only comes into play when an incident occurs after other security measures have failed.

     

    Therefore, incident response must be deployed as part of a comprehensive security suite that includes standard protection like firewalls, network monitoring, training, and access management. Unfortunately, cybersecurity incidents are so commonplace that it’s unreasonable for businesses to assume they’ll never need an incident response program. This is why investing in this capability is so crucial to ensuring business continuity.

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    Cybersecurity Incident Statistics

    The following cybersecurity incident statistics presented by CSO Online demonstrate just how widespread cybersecurity incidents have become and how important it is to have a response program in place:

    94%

    of malware is delivered by email.

    80%

    of reported security incidents are phishing attacks.

    $17,700

    is lost every minute due to phishing.

    60%

    of breaches involve vulnerabilities for which a patch was available but not applied.

    x3

    attacks on IoT devices tripled in the first half of 2019.

    256%

    Fileless attacks grew by 256% over the first half of 2019.

    $3.92 million

    Data breaches cost enterprises an average of $3.92 million.

    $2.6 million

    The average malware attack costs victims up to $2.6 million.

    40%

    of IT leaders say cybersecurity jobs are the hardest to fill.

    A security incident can occur when one of your employees opens a malicious email, when one of your company computers accesses an unsecured network, when a hacker exploits a vulnerability in one of your operating systems, or even when someone on the inside of your company leaks sensitive data. Incident response is designed to address all these scenarios and more.

    Uvation’s Incident Response Services

    Uvation provides a range of services to proactively protect your network, including SOC as a Service and cybersecurity consulting. But in the event of a security incident, Uvation can also respond quickly and decisively to protect and recover your data.

     

    Here’s what you can expect from Uvation’s incident response services.

    The OODA Loop

    The OODA loop refers to a military-derived methodology to incident response. It is not a rigid protocol, but it’s a good outline of how effective incident response teams operate. The OODA Loop includes four steps, which are Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act, each of which are designed to help minimize the impact of security incidents.

     

    The Observe step requires visibility into your network, your operating system, and your applications. Observing activity on your network helps you establish a basis for normal operation, so you and your tools can more effectively identify irregular activity. Uvation will stay apprised of the latest threat intelligence.

     

    During the Orient step, your incident response team will assess the applicability of the latest security protocols and work to understand potential threats in context. They’ll also address operational issues and work to protect your network from risk.

     

    During the Decide and Act steps, your incident response team will determine the best premeditation strategy and then put that strategy into action. They’ll manage incidents in real-time, monitor the results, and help to heal any damage. Once managed, the team will return to the Observe step.

    Rapid Response Times

    When an incident occurs, your response speed is critical. Your incident response program should be measurable in hours, not days. Uvation’s incident response team will act quickly to contain any security incident and limit the damage.

     

    They’ll start by analyzing your network to detect signs of malicious activity. This is followed by securing your most critical data and moving into remediation, so you can get back on track faster.

    24/7 Coverage

    Uvation’s incident response service is just one part of our fully outsourced cybersecurity suite. We’ll provide you with 24/7 network monitoring to reduce the time it takes to respond to an incident, and we’ll continue monitoring your network once your systems have been restored.

     

    You’ll never be left to deal with a security incident on your own.

    Hands-On Support and Remediation

    Uvation doesn’t just serve as an outsourced consultant. We’ll provide Hands-On Support after an incident to help you patch vulnerabilities in your network, secure your systems, and maintain business continuity.

     

    Remediation starts with a plan of action for solving the root causes of the incident. Once a security issue has been identified, contained, and eradicated, you can begin to bring systems back online, recover lost data, and test your infected system to ensure it is completely restored.

    Key Incident Response Technologies

    Uvation provides its clients with a fully outsourced SIEM service delivered through a comprehensive SOC as a Service partnership. We don’t just provide security software. We also provide analysts, engineers, and other personnel, as well as a comprehensive suite of security processes to protect your systems.

    Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Tools

    SIEM tools are software products that provide real-time analyses of security alerts, but they also provide technical processes for managing security events when they do occur.

     

    Security alerts are usually generated by applications and hardware within your network. Once an alert triggers the SIEM, the tool will identify and contextualize the alert, so your team can manage it effectively.

    Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Systems

    An endpoint is any computing device that is connected to and communicates with your network. This could include a desktop or laptop computer, or even a smartphone. Endpoint detection systems identify when computing systems access your network and automatically respond when a potential threat, such as an unauthorized endpoint, is detected.

    Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) Solutions

    SOAR solutions are generally collections of software that serve three specific functions. They manage vulnerabilities in your systems, operate automated security features to keep your network safe, and help you respond effectively to security incidents.

    Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)

    Intrusion prevention systems detect and prevent identified threats. They work in concert with threat intelligence systems to identify recognized threats in your network and prevent them from causing damage.

     

    For example, if security experts update global threat intelligence with a new exploit to an operating system you use, your IPS can be updated to guard against that exploit.

    No organization should risk a cyberattack.

    Contact Uvation to learn more about our managed services and to see how we can help you shore up your defenses.

    No organization should risk a cyberattack.