When your house is on fire, who do you call first?
At Blue Team Alpha, we like to use the analogy of a house fire when talking about cyberattacks. When your house is on fire, you don’t look up your insurance company and wait for them to dispatch someone. You just call 911 and get the fire department. The same should be true for cyber incidents. The longer an incident goes without containment, the worse it becomes and the harder it is to recover. Insurance companies typically take days to respond to a client, and the company picked by insurance companies often does not go onsite to help contain the incident. In contrast, good incident response firms can deploy within hours, not days, because they know the faster they get there, the easier it will be to contain the incident.
What is an Incident Response Team?
An incident response team is a group of people trained to respond to cyberattacks and other incidents. They can help you understand the scope of what happened, identify any vulnerabilities that may have been exploited, and develop strategies for preventing future attacks.
If you don’t have an incident response team in place, it’s important that your insurance company knows about this so they can provide coverage for any damages caused by an attack.
Benefits of an Incident Response Team
There are many benefits to calling an incident response team before insurance. The first and most important is that it allows you to detect and prevent cyberthreats early on. This will help your company avoid large-scale data breaches, which can lead to financial losses and loss of customer trust and reputation.
Another benefit of this service is that it provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity. You won’t have just one person handling all aspects of your security; instead, you’ll have experts who can provide specialized knowledge in each area, such as network security or web application testing. These individuals work together seamlessly so they can protect every aspect of your company’s digital assets from attack – not just one aspect at a time!
Reasons Companies Should Call an Incident Response Team Before Insurance
- Cost savings
- Timely response
- Comprehensive coverage
How to Find an Incident Response Team
You can find an incident response team by doing your research and vetting potential teams. You should ask for references, consider certifications and experience, and check out the company’s website to see if they have a good reputation.
The IR Process
The Incident Response Process is a five-step process that should be used to investigate and respond to any malicious cyberattack.
The first step in this process is defining the scope of an incident. This includes determining if there has been a breach, what systems have been affected by it, who was impacted by it and how much damage was done (if any). From here on out, your team will need to investigate what happened so they can contain and eradicate whatever caused this breach before moving forward with recovery efforts.
Once all necessary information has been gathered about an attack or incident at hand–which may take some time depending on its severity–you’ll then need to recover from any damage caused by said event. This might mean restoring data from backups or rebuilding systems from scratch if everything needs replacing entirely due to severe damage during an attack’s duration (e.g., malware infection). Finally comes post-incident review, where you evaluate your response plan based on lessons learned from previous incidents so as not to repeat mistakes made during future ones!
Incident Response Team Services
An incident response team is a group of experts that can be called upon to help determine the cause and scope of an attack and stop it in its tracks. The following are some of the services they provide:
- Threat assessment: An IR team will look at your systems and network, identify vulnerabilities, and recommend ways to improve security. This may include updating software or adding firewalls.
- Malware analysis: If malware has been discovered on your system(s), this step will involve analyzing what type it is and how much damage it has done so far. You’ll also want someone who knows how to remove this kind of malware from your computer(s).
- Forensic investigation: When an attack takes place on a company’s network or website, there may be evidence left behind by hackers, like the email addresses they used; IP addresses associated with their computers; login names; and passwords used during the attack, which could give clues about what other accounts might have been accessed. The forensic investigator will gather all this information together, so you know exactly how big an issue this was before moving forward toward recovery options like insurance claims.
AlphaResponse by Blue Team Alpha is an elite incident response and remediation service that offers businesses a swift and effective response to minimize damage and get them back to operation as quickly as possible. Our team can have hands-on keys within the hour and boots on the ground within 36 hours, anywhere within the continental United States.