Best Strategies to Respond to Cybersecurity Breaches

Cybersecurity Breaches
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In today’s threat environment, cybersecurity breaches are one of the most common threats and can have devastating impacts on entire business operations.

As the modern threat landscape is becoming more sophisticated, it has increased the workload on the SecOps teams. It is established that every organization can be a victim of a cybersecurity breach, which can even have legal implications for the organization. CISOs should consider designing effective response strategies to effectively respond to all breaches to minimize the impact of the attack. Organizations should have cross-functional teams that help to keep the business network secure by being vigilant and proactive in detecting and mitigating various cyber threats. Here are a few of the best strategies that CISOs can consider to respond to cybersecurity breaches effectively:

Proactive prevention

One of the initial steps to responding to a cyberattack is to learn and implement the lesson learned from past breaches in the cybersecurity incident response plan. Once the SecOps teams determine all the attack surface areas used earlier and the vectors utilized to infiltrate the business network, the SecOps can educate the workforce on ways to keep themselves and the network secure from various threats. Proactive prevention is one of the most effective ways; because it minimizes the risks of being breached. It is crucial to create awareness in the workforce to identify and mitigate the threats in real-time. Moreover, CISOs also need to set stringent password governance policies to keep sensitive data secure from various threats.

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Keep everyone in the loop

If the organization has become a victim of a successful cybersecurity breach, it is crucial to inform the entire workforce, stakeholders, and other third parties because it will have an impact on daily operations. Moreover, the CISOs or the CSOs should choose a point of contact that is responsible for mitigating the threat effectively. After a breach in the business network, it is crucial to encrypt the internal communications of the SecOps teams all the time to strengthen the cybersecurity posture.

Curb and recover

Another efficient way to respond to cybersecurity breaches is to contain the cyber-attack effectively to minimize further damage to the business network.
Malware and other sophisticated cyber threat attackers use one vector to infiltrate the network and then move laterally into it. It is crucial for the SecOps teams to execute system and network validation and testing to validate the operational status of the system. The SecOps teams should recertify all components that were compromised from both operational and security perspectives. CSOs should not make the crucial components live before they are assured that the threat is completely mitigated and does not impose more threats to the business network or operational tasks.

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Keep the entire cybersecurity tech stack updated

All the cybersecurity efforts and investments will be in vain if the tech stack and security posture are obsolete to the current landscape. With the easy availability of cybercrime-as-a-service, it has become easier for cybercriminals to accomplish full-blown cyber-attacks successfully. CISOs and CSOs need to ensure that their cybersecurity tech stack is updated constantly to reduce the risk. An updated cybersecurity tech stack is one of the most efficient ways to respond to cyber threats.

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