Any organization with sensitive data can be attacked, regardless of size or industry sector And as the threat landscape evolves and adversaries deploy tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), including destructive malware, ransomware and targeted phishing, security professionals and stakeholders must also adapt their security plans.
Depending on the situation, a targeted attack may involve the theft of source code, valuable intellectual property, negotiation data or general business disruption. Companies need to be prepared to identify, respond to and mitigate a targeted attack with the same amount of effort that goes into implementing a disaster recovery plan.
This document summarizes recommendations for responding to a breach and the expertise required to do so quickly and effectively. These recommendations were derived from decades of collective experience from the cyber security consultants at CrowdStrike, who work on the front lines fighting threat actors every day.
The Aftermath of Breach
It’s happened: You’ve received a breach notification — either from internal staff, an external tipster or law enforcement. Intruders have broken through your defences and into your organization’s environment.
What are your next steps? For C-level executives and front-line IT and security staff, there are two major sets of actions to take just after a cyber attack: short-term and long-term. In the short term, steps must be taken immediately to stop the bleeding of valuable data assets and preserve forensic evidence that will be useful during the investigation and remediation process. After you make it through a breach, you will need to take long-term actions to mitigate the risk of another breach.
All organizations should seek to proactively enhance their corporate information security procedures while avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls. The following recommendations can help your organization both prepare for and respond to the next targeted attack.
Get back to Business fast with Crowdstrike
When a breach occurs, speed to remediation is critical. The CrowdStrike real-time incident response (IR) methodology provides advantages that traditional, slower IR approaches lack. With a comprehensive approach that ensures no threat goes undetected in your environment, CrowdStrike gets customers back to business faster and reduces costs by:
- Providing accelerated time-to-visibility and remediation with reduced forensic costs
- Reducing business interruption losses by getting you back to business faster
- Minimizing cyber attack impact by quickly identifying and ejecting attackers
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