When a Cyber Attack Occurs, the Key to Surviving the Attack, and the Aftermath, is All in How a Business Responds
New York, NY, Mar 21, 2013 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) --
For businesses today, being plugged into the conveniences and advantages afforded by the digital world is almost a necessity. But, for all the success and productivity digital advantages can bring, there are omnipresent dark forces at work too, and they are relentless. They also have the advantage of always being on offense, so they only have to find one hole to exploit, whereas the cyber security side of the house has to figure out how to plug millions of holes, with new ones popping up almost every day in the form of new delivery systems, techniques and zero-day exploits which are constantly adding to the powerful arsenal hackers and cyber warriors have at their disposal. So in the event the bad guys do ever manage to get one through the safety net, Global Digital Forensics (GDF) is now offering a "no retainer" cyber emergency incident response solution to ensure businesses have competent, experienced responders available to respond quickly and effectively to identify the problem, contain the damage and reduce the potentially devastating aftermath, from losing confidential data, client trust and business integrity, to regulatory compliance issues.
Joe Caruso, founder and CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics, explains GDF's "no retainer" emergency incident response Service Level Agreement (SLA) like this, "The brutal truth is there is no such thing as perfect cyber security, not yet anyway. Since the infancy of the Internet, two things have evolved in lock step, how much information a user can access, and how many threats can access a user. Unfortunately, the paradigm of cyber security has always been of a reactionary nature, meaning at some point there has to be an attack, the attack has to get reported, it must then get analyzed, and either a fix has to be developed and deployed, or its unique "signature" has to get added to the database anti-virus programs and other security applications use to identify and block the threats, or both. Needless to say, it's not an instant process, and that means windows of opportunity exist for attackers to exploit these vulnerabilities before they are effectively closed, like dreaded zero-day attacks."
"Because the cyber battleground is always so fluid, the first thing every organization should do is regular cyber threat assessments and comprehensive penetration testing. This lets the organization know where they stand now, today, in relation to cyber threats. They help identify the weak links in cyber security policies and procedures, how exposed the organization is to certain threats, how trained and responsive the oft-fallible human element (or wetware) is against threats like phishing and spear phishing campaigns, how alert they are to USB delivered malware and a whole range of other social engineering techniques used by cyber attackers to infiltrate a network. By regularly testing and covering at least the basics of effective cyber security, which should be at least the bare minimum for any organization plugged in to the digital world, you can stop more than 90% of the attacks out there, which is good, even great, but still not perfect. And that means sometimes an attacker may ultimately find their mark and successfully infiltrate a network, be it a difficult-to-stop Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), a zero day attack still unknown to the industry, or a well-researched and cleverly worded spear phishing attack that opens Pandora's Box from the inside."
"If the unthinkable does happen, and a cyber intruder finds success against an organization, the most important thing, and I can't stress this enough, is how that organization responds, both how quickly and how effectively. So what we've done is design a "no retainer" emergency response SLA which we can now offer to any client that we do a cyber threat assessment and penetration test for, because once we've completed those, we already know the lay of the land, we are already intimately familiar with the digital architecture, we thoroughly understand the data work-flow, we have already formed relationships with the right contacts within the organization responsible for their cyber security, we've already identified any regulatory compliance issues they may face, and of course, we have a network of experienced responders strategically positioned across the country, and the globe, to offer response times unrivaled in the industry."
"We develop a customized response plan with the client in advance to eliminate all the time consuming and dangerous guesswork and hesitation which always seems to get magnified when an emergency is at hand, and reduce it all to one phone number they can reach 24/7, 365 days a year to instantly put the response plan in motion. But the best part is, if there is no cyber emergency, having us on standby won't cost a single penny. But they'll still have the peace of mind knowing we're ready to spring into action at a moment's notice and it also helps with showing investors, clients and regulatory agencies alike that they do have a professional response plan in place to handle everything from identifying the emergency, stopping it in its tracks, significantly reducing the aftermath, and keeping them in check with regulatory agencies and reporting mandates. "
"There aren't many no-lose scenarios in our world of cyber warfare and malicious hacking attacks, but a GDF no brainer...err, "no retainer" cyber emergency incident response solution certainly qualifies as one of them."
*Global Digital Forensics is a recognized industry leader in the fields of cyber security and emergency incident response, with years of experience assisting clients in the government, banking, healthcare, education and corporate arenas. For a free consultation with a Global Digital Forensics specialist, call 1-800-868-8189 about tailoring a plan which will meet your unique needs. Emergency responders are also standing by 24/7 to handle intrusion and data breach emergencies whenever and wherever they arise. Time is critical if a cyber incident has occurred, so don't hesitate to get help. For more information, visit http://www.evestigate.com.
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