The COVID-19 Pandemic put all governments to the test. How well did they respond to the pandemic? How ready are they? In the same manner, threats and attacks always test how prepared businesses are for cyberattacks.

Under the radar

Most of the successful attacks are those that are done under the radar – meaning those who have avoided detection from their targets. Being undetected gives attackers not just the time they need to inject malware and execute attacks but it also shows major flaws in existing security modules by the target firms. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect security system. It may sound depressing but that is a pressing reality. The fact that attacks evolve and attackers innovate definitely gives security experts no time to rest and keep up.

The need to be ready

Most cybersecurity firms like TrinSecurity include response plans and procedures when they set up cybersecurity measures for their clients. Though a response plan does not necessarily prevent attacks, it minimizes its damage by giving the firm certain protocols to do and implement when attacks are detected to contain and protect other data from being damaged or attacked. 

The idea is similar to first aid. As soon as an attack is detected, certain protocols are activated giving specific instruction to all concerned personnel as to what they have to do. That way, they won’t just linger around and panic. Everyone in the firm takes part in containing the attack.

Assessment, Training, and Simulation

Developing an effective response and preparedness program, a thorough assessment is the first thing to do. Experts, with the help of the firm itself, will assess what kind of data are more likely to be targeted, who’s the person in charge of them, and more. After assessing the entire digital environment of the firm, the next step is to create a training program aimed to inform and educate all concerned personnel about the response measures. The what, when, where, who, and how’s of the entire response program is being disseminated to all personnel.

But of course, simulation is also necessary to make sure that the program will be executed properly. In the simulation phase, the entire firm will execute the response program as if there’s an ongoing attack. At times, a penetration test is done to see how the employees will respond in accordance to the agreed response plan. This way, the firm can assess their readiness in times of attack.

Recalls and Refreshers

Since attacks do not happen at all times, there’s a good chance that the people involved will forget about it. Or, due to staff changes, their familiarity with the response program may not be the same as it was first introduced. That’s why refresher courses and recall programs are necessary. By the end of the day, having a concrete response plan will help firms survive attacks. On top of their existing security, a good response plan is great help.