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3 Best Ways to Approach Security Incident Management

SiemplifyJuly 27, 2017

The landscape of Security Incident Management has altered drastically

Ten years ago, the term “security incident management” was not commonplace as it is today. With cyber attacks becoming increasingly frequent, industries are scattering in every which direction to figure out how to best approach security incident management. In short: today’s challenges are never ending and exceedingly complex. Newfound problems demand timely, efficient, and above all, effective solutions. Here are 3 ways to best approach security incident management in today’s volatile cybersecurity landscape:

1. Understand, Accept and Work With the Complexity

The complexities of cyber security today cannot be overstated. Considering that 2016 saw an unprecedented high rate of frequency of cyber crime, it is borderline, if not outright arrogant to assume that your business is covered from every angle. Understanding the complexity of security incident management is vital to move forward with a realistic game plan. Willingly expanding your own knowledge on cyber security threats is the only way you can build a sound foundation for your future plans, thus leading to effective incident management when necessary. The newly bred threats and attack vectors are developing, evolving and becoming more sophisticated.

2. Limit the Attack

Limiting the ability of the threat and attacker is the essence of security incident management. Those trying to pitch a utopian strategy of absolute prevention are only playing to their own feeling of security. In fact, security incident management is wholeheartedly predicated on the idea that some attacks will inevitably make it through the cracks. Recent attacks especially have shown that this is the most realistic approach. Working within this stark reality, it is essential to disallow any threat from making a drastic impact on your network, critical information and sensitive files. Threat intelligence, for instance, is one of many methods by which you and your company can gain a comprehensive understanding of what’s out there, thus allowing you to limit threats at the point of attack. Once an infiltration has occurred, threat intelligence gives you visibility into trends and/or tendencies of said threat, thus letting you mitigate the threat and respond accordingly and effectively, making the best out of your limited time and resources.   

3. It used to take a village...Now, just equip the people you have with the right tools

Like many complex technical structures, it can take an entire community to adequately and comprehensively approach security incident management. The constant issue here is that relative to other fields, cybersecurity is among the hardest to staff. In the current climate of the cybersecurity workforce, it is on track to be understaffed by one and a half million employees in 2019. Considering that cyber attacks are only increasing in intricacy, frequency and effectiveness, this spells out a huge problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. As the pool of security analysts dries up, the future of SOC success will be driven by equipping the right tools to your existing team to respond to tangible threats and infiltrations. This way, through a unified platform, you can actually minimize the potential damage done, without needlessly staffing up. Have a group that can work together through a single workbench to decide the best steps to take and from that create courses of action that will most efficiently and swiftly mitigate the threat. Executing the proper sequence of responses to a given event is essential.

As cyber attacks continue rapidly developing, there are a few things we all need to do while approaching security incident management. First off, accepting the fact that attacks will happen is, though seemingly cynical, a realistic outlook rooted in truth. The intricacy of attacks coupled with a relatively non-existent workforce brings this grim reality to fruition. With that in mind, mitigating the capabilities of an attack through well-calculated responses is of the essence, and these tactics should be constantly refined. Additionally, formulating a competent team to respond to threats is critically important.

By keeping this approach to security incident management in mind, you can save yourself a lot of time and even more money.

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