How to Build an Incident-Response Plan, Before Security Disaster Strikes

Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at ThycoticCentrify, offers a 7-step practical IR checklist for ensuring a swift recovery from a cyberattack.

In a startling discovery, a recent report found that 98 percent of companies have experienced at least one cloud data breach in the past 18 months, compared to 79 percent last year. The same report disclosed that nearly 60 percent of the 200 CISOs and security decision-makers surveyed considered lack of visibility, and inadequate identity and access management, a major threat to their cloud infrastructure.

From ransomware threats to malware attacks, businesses across the globe are experiencing an overwhelming increase in cybersecurity breaches that are both devastating and well-coordinated. Whether designed for individuals to click on compromising web pages or open infected email attachments, most cyberattacks today target human error. In addition to the technology available to keep us safe, your organization also depends heavily on its people to make the right security decisions.

So now more than ever, organizations must build up their defenses against persistent attackers who have for instance skillfully mastered the art of abusing weak credentials (one of the many risks, arising from people choosing convenient, easy-to-remember passwords or reusing them

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