Steps to strengthen the cyber attack recovery position

Steps to strengthen the cyber attack recovery position
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  • Proper planning for a cybersecurity crisis, with the ability to modify incident response and recovery scenarios for various sorts of assaults, can save a business.
  • The most crucial step you should take following a cyber-attack is to identify the source of the attack.
  • Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, forcing many organizations to adopt a work-from-home policy, there has been a 600 percent increase in cybercrime.

Cybercriminals can gain access to any company's systems and potentially sensitive digital data, exploiting only one little flaw in their cybersecurity system or a single click on a bad link. Some data breaches can bring the networks to a halt right away, while others take weeks, if not months, to uncover.

But one factor that all cyber-attacks have in common is the certainty of financial and reputational damage to the company. There are no assurances or foolproof procedures for safeguarding the company against the various varieties of cyberattacks that exist. To reduce the risks, the best leaders can develop strong security measures and train the personnel.

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Planning for a cybersecurity crisis, as well as crafting relevant incident responses and recovery scenarios for various sorts of assaults, is the most important thing a business can do for survival. When it comes to recovering from a cyber assault, time is the key, and the best formula for success is an organized and well-planned response.


According to a recent survey, just 54% of companies with 500 or more employees have a company-wide recovery strategy. Another alarming trend shown by Cybnet's data is that 77% of businesses lack a cyber security incident response plan.

Of course, the best protection is to be prepared, with as much insights as possible to avoid risks and seek dedicated security council. Nevertheless, if a breach does occur, there needs to be a proven and established plan in place to respond and recover.

To help improve the disaster recovery plan, companies need to put up some recovery recommendations as listed below:
  1. Identify the data loss

The most crucial, and by far the most disregarded, step you should take following a cyber-attack is to identify the source of the attack. In case a cyber-attack occurs, there is an immediate need to find out the exact vulnerability, point of penetration or attack and exactly what data was compromised.

The inability to do this could be attributed to sheer inertia, or in some cases, a company's refusal to face reality. But in case of an incidence, there is always an urgent need to identify the compromised assets and point of vulnerability. The reason for this is that the nature of information stolen has a direct bearing on the enterprise's next move.

Apart from the compliance and reputation issues, the enterprise needs to create a data sheet, beginning with the data lost and identifying linkages and take mitigatory steps based on that information.

Follow the data

Containing and removing the infection is crucial if your company has been hacked. To determine the scope of the compromise, businesses need to start by following the incident response processes. Businesses need to determine the extent of damage to vital systems before moving on to supporting systems.

To plan the next move, companies must first discover which systems were attacked and what information was stolen. As a corollary, they also need to have a well-defined response strategy, which will assess and improve existing processes.

A well-defined response strategy is critical regardless of the type of assault they're dealing with, whether it's a DDoS attack or malware. Once a company has been hacked, it's critical to examine all processes and make any necessary changes to lower the chance of a repeat security breach.

Making an incremental backup of company data

On a regular basis, it is important to make a comprehensive, encrypted backup of the data on each device. The frequency of backups will be determined by the company's needs as well as the criticality of the information on the network. It is crucial to consider how quickly information evolves in the sector and whether the business could run if that information was lost when preparing weekly or hourly backups.

Store backups in multiple locations

It's critical to keep backups in several places. Companies need to diversify their storage solutions, whether off-premises, on-premises, or in the cloud, to lower the chance of a global breach. It can be costly to send tapes offsite on a regular schedule. Consider the cloud for regular backups and off-premises backup on a monthly or quarterly basis for a more cost-effective solution.

Standardize security measures

Integrating systems with varying security standards might result in information gaps, which fraudsters can exploit. If your company is in the midst of a transformation, make sure to audit integrated systems and standardize security barriers.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, there has been a 600% increase in cybercrime, forcing many organizations to adopt a work-from-home policy. Every person in every firm across industries has to understand cyber terminology, threats and possibilities. So, yes, it is time to up the game of hybrid work culture!