How to Keep a Data Breach Response Action Plan Ready
Information Security professionals have every reason to fear breaches, and prepare Data Breach Response Plans for exigencies. However, the growing sophistication and nature of attacks continue to catch experts off-guard and render their response to the cyber-attacks ineffective.
It is of little wonder then that having an efficient data breach response plan in one’s arsenal makes the threat of a security incident less menacing. Here are a few steps that will lead to an effective data breach response plan that allows enterprises to plan, prepare for, and implement response action points in the face of a security incident.
By Scheduling Periodic Security System and Policy Reviews
Regular validation of one’s security systems and archiving mechanisms is a critical step in approaching the response plan. Knowledge of what mechanism is working and what isn’t is crucial in the event of a crisis. What is also key is reviewing all related policies to ensure company-wide compliance.
By instituting an Incident Response Engine
It’s absolutely essential to choose a team, consisting of members from relevant departments such as IT, Information Security, Compliance, Legal, etc., to be notified as soon as a breach is detected. It is this central engine who will discharge subsequent actions on behalf of the enterprise in event of a breach.
Ideally, the team will also have an external arm comprising experts from crisis management organizations, computer forensic firms, etc.
By preparing a Response Plan
In anticipation of an eventuality, the incident response team should prepare a detailed response plan and test it. The plan should clearly state the members of the team in-charge, the procedures to follow, and a communications plan. It’s also helpful to include a set of FAQs, a typical notice letter, and a press release.
By investigating and reviewing the incident
Following a security breach, an enterprise has to quickly determine the nature and scope of the incident, identify the admission point, honestly document the entire sequence of the event and the steps that were taken to counter it.
A sincere review after the fires are out will help the company revise the manner in which things were done and precisely how this need to be changed in order to avoid a similar situation in the future. This will also help the incident response team decide exact flaw in the system that needs to be rectified. Detailed evaluation of the company’s overall response, asking and documenting feedback from the parties directly affected by the breach will also help in final analysis.
With these steps in mind enterprises can not only tide over security incidents with an effective data breach response plan in place, but they also in a better position to anticipate the possibility of the next incident.
June 14, 2018