A cyber incident response plan is a written document that guides your organization before, during, and after a cybersecurity incident. It provides a roadmap of actions and responsibilities necessary to ensure your organization can recover efficiently from a cyberattack.
An efficient response translates to an efficient recovery.
Responding timely to a cyberattack can prevent the attack from spreading through your organization and causing more damage. A cyber incident response plan provides a step-by-step roadmap that identifies activities necessary to quickly mitigate the damage caused by a cyberattack.
Business owners and team leadership therefore must be involved in the development of the plan and sign off on its execution. Key personnel need to be assigned to response roles in advance and must be given the authority to make early decisions during an incident.
An organization’s cyber incident response plan prevents a situation where the information technology (IT) personnel notice an incident but must wait to receive permission from someone in senior leadership before they begin to shut down systems. Having a documented and tested plan in place ahead of an attack eliminates the time required to track down a senior decision-maker. A response plan could therefore end up saving the business thousands to millions of dollars in recovery costs, depending on the severity of the attack.