10 Questions to Assess Whether Your Cybersecurity Plan Is Ready for an Attack

10 Questions to Assess Whether Your Cybersecurity Plan Is Ready for an Attack | Loffler

Cybersecurity has become a mission critical component to any IT environment. It has to be. More organizations become ransomware victims every dayand the trend is not slowing down. 

A cybersecurity incident is never a question of “if,” but “when.” 

At the very least, you need to be prepared. Here are 10 questions to determine whether your organization's cybersecurity plan is ready for an attack. 

10 Questions to Assess Whether Your Cybersecurity Plan Is Ready for an Attack 

  1. Do you back up all your data regularly to an off-network location? 
  2. Do you have your critical system diagrams and incident response plans copied to an off-network document vault for immediate retrieval during an incident? 
  3. Have you built an attack-ready incident response policy? 
  4. Do you have attack detection tools activated?  
  5. Have you conducted simulated attack exercises to prepare your team for the best next steps? 
  6. Do you routinely conduct security logging-level reviews? 
  7. Have you undergone a standards-based risk assessment from an organization like NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology or ISO (International Organization for Standardization)? 
  8. Is your cybersecurity program compliant with widely-accepted frameworks and those specific to your industry? 
  9. Have you trained your company’s employees to be cybersecurity-aware?  
  10. Do you have a cybersecurity incident response service provider already selected, vetted and under contract, so you don’t have to hunt when disaster strikes?

Having a cybersecurity plan so you know what to do when something goes wrong is foundational to risk management. When cyber events happen, confusion, fear and uncertainty about what to do next is common. Some questions that set in are: 

  • Where do I turn for support to quickly investigate and assess the problem? 
  • Who will handle communications with the attacker and coordinate response across my team, my insurance carrier and law enforcement? 
  • How will I continue to operate my business and minimize interruptions?

Loffler partners with Blue Team Alpha to help organizations prepare for any incident, simulate responses and guarantee help is on the way within three hours of an incident.  

Contact Loffler today to learn how Blue Team Alpha can help your organization minimize downtime and prepare for any cybersecurity risk. 

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Randy Anderson

Randy is a CISSP and Manager of the Cybersecurity and IT Consulting teams at Loffler Companies. He is currently focused on bringing his 25+ years of IT experience to bear on the development and delivery of new and enhanced security services that provide a practical approach to IT security. He enjoys long walks on the beach and never conducts online banking transactions when connected to public WiFi.

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