[Ebook] The Guide to Accelerating Response Time for Lean IT Security Teams

Most cybersecurity today involves a lot more planning and a lot less reaction than in the past. Security teams spend most of their time preparing their organizations’ defenses and performing operational work. Even so, teams often need to spring into action quickly to respond to an attack.

Security teams with abundant resources can quickly switch between these two modes. They have enough resources to allocate to react correctly. Lean IT security teams, however, find it harder to respond effectively. A new guide from XDR vendor Cynet (download here), however, argues that lean teams can still respond effectively. It just takes work.

For teams with limited resources, success starts with having a clear plan and putting the tools and infrastructure in place for the organization to follow suit. The guide breaks down the tools, factors, and insights needed to optimize an organization’s response time.

Building a Successful Incident Response Plan

Today’s cyberattacks take hours or less to succeed. Once the ransomware is activated, it only takes a few seconds to begin encrypting any file it finds. This makes speed one of the main keys to success in mitigating damage and preventing further attacks. Any delay could be disastrous.

To avoid delays from the start, whether due to miscommunication, a lack of defined roles, or simply not knowing what to do, lean organizations must develop clear and transparent incident response plans. .

According to the guide, a good incident response plan includes these six elements:

  • Preparation – build a strong organizational security policy and constantly research potential threats.
  • Identification – the ability to identify threats by correlating signals and data from a wide range of sources (from devices to networks)
  • Confinement – The ability to quickly find and isolate the malicious attack, both short and long term
  • Eradication – Once a threat is contained and identified, a successful incident response plan will focus on its complete elimination from the environment.
  • Recovery – the ability to quickly return to normal and standard operations by restoring affected devices and networks
  • Lessons learned – understand the attack, its sources, and how to prevent similar strategies from succeeding in the future.

Have the right tools

A good plan is a good start, but it is not enough on its own. Lean security teams need to have the right tools and platforms to help them cover gaps in their defenses without creating more work and stress. This is where tools like response automation, advanced detection and response, network security, and threat intelligence come in.

More important, however, is how teams build the right stack to maximize their efforts without getting bogged down in managing a complex system. In terms of speed of response, having tools on one pane provides the best opportunity to react quickly to an attack.

You can learn more by downloading the guide here.

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