Did you know, over 75% of cyberattacks start with a simple email? (Norton) With thousands of emails going in and out of your organization daily, how prepared are you for a cyber incident?
Do you have an Incident Response Plan?
In the event one of these malicious emails ends up in an executive’s inbox, the damage could be catastrophic. Many information security frameworks, like The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Framework (NIST CSF), suggest that organizations should create an incident response policy, plan, and procedure to protect themselves in the event of a cyber incident, like a business email compromise. An incident response plan acts as a shining light in an organization’s time of need. But, how do you ensure this document is understood and followed?
We had a plan, but no one followed it.
An information security advisor can help guide your organization through effective incident response, minimizing damage and legal liabilities. Providing a wealth of resources and knowledge on incident response is one side of the coin, the other is helping your organization stay true to those policies and procedures. Whether that be safeguarding executive emails to deter spear phishing attacks, or providing specific insight into the current threat landscape, an information security advisor can help keep your organization informed, proactive, and productive.
We’re okay… We have a great IT department.
When it comes to incident response, there is often a sense of fear and urgency as an incident can cause increased stress among organizations and individuals. According to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, the first step in handling an incident should be preparation and prevention. Within this step, organizations are called upon to understand roles and responsibilities, provide documentation, and understand security safeguards and controls. While the IT department may help fill in some blanks, there is added value in having an information security advisor to educate, discuss, and guide both the IT department and the board of directors.
Being able to speak to all sides of the table regarding information security is a must in today’s ever-changing cyber environment. The role of an information security advisor is different than a CISO (or virtual CISO). Having an internal resource that understands your organization’s technical environment is crucial when discussing topics like incident response. Just as the Board of Directors provides a counterbalance to an organization’s executive team, the information security advisor counterbalances the CISO. An information security advisor can help provide perspective by pairing detailed organizational information with their understanding of the current threat landscape, helping keep you and your organization safe.