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Can your organisation respond properly against a Cyberattack?

It is undeniable that cybersecurity is essential to protect organisations against threats like phishing or other types of cyberattacks.

With the exponential increase of cyberattacks, a research predict that the cost of ransomware will reach a staggering amount of $265 Billion by 2031. While this figure is an estimation, it is difficult to evaluate properly the future cost of breach of information, until the damage is done. This is why organisations are investing massively in cybersecurity measures and invest in the training of their staffs.

When we talk about investment in cybersecurity measures, it is not only the purchase of anti-virus software or phishing mail alert software. It includes the hiring of consultants to perform Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration testing (VAPT) and/or implement Information Security measures such as the ISO 27001 recommendations.

Unfortunately, many organisations believe that an anti-virus software and a phishing mail alert are enough to protect them, and they neglect the policies and procedures side. As a reminder, 85% of breach of information is caused by human mistakes (Their own staffs). This is why training and awareness of procedures is very important.

Even though some organisations have cybersecurity software, policies, procedures and staffs trained, they still fail to respond in a timely manner to cyberattacks. The more time it takes to react to cyberattacks, the more damage the organization will suffer.

Here below are some measures to be more efficient against cyberattack:

1. Prepare a proactive response plan.

A proper plan against cyberattack should be a proactive one. Establish process that will ensure your business continuity and plan a swift recovery and return to normalcy procedure, that can be implemented after the threat has been eliminated.

2. Develop a platform that will report digital incident.

It is important that minor digital incidents be reported to the management of the organization. This will provide decision makers with insights of weakness in the organisation and they will be able to leverage on those information to prepare against major incident.

The platform will also ensure that everyone involved in incident management are on the same page and able to contribute to a successful response.

3. Involve all stakeholders in your action plan.

Many organisations fail to involve stakeholders in their anti-cyberattack plan. They forget to inform them of breach of information and sometimes get sued in justice because of this.

When stakeholders are aware of your plan and know what will be their roles and responsibilities in responding to an incident, they will help you respond as quickly as possible and support you properly.

5. Conduct simulation tests regularly.

It is well known that practice makes permanent and good practice makes perfect. This is why it is important to conduct simulation of cyberattacks periodically, use the test case to identify weakness in your procedures and improve them.

Like fire drill, regular simulation of cyberattacks will prepare your team properly in case of real attack. Ascentrix Consulting can help your organisation in the preparation against cyberattacks. We will assist you in the implementation of the ISO 27001 recommendations and train your staffs properly. We will support your team improve your Information Security Management System and develop a culture of security for your organization. Contact us for a free consultation.

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