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Incident Response Services: Respond Faster to Any Incident

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Incident response is a critical part of an organization’s security posture. Accurately detecting security incidents, and responding to them in a timely and effective manner is your first line of defense. Many organizations don’t have sufficient manpower or expertise in their in-house security team to guarantee 24/7 response to security incidents.

Outsourced incident response services can help you respond faster and react with appropriate mitigation and remediation measures for a large variety of security incidents.

This is part of an extensive series of guides about managed services.

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What are Incident Response Services?

Incident response (IR) services can help you detect and effectively respond to cyber threats. They usually operate based on an incident response retainer that specifies a fixed monthly cost and a certain scope of security services.

IT services can provide a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for responding to high-profile security breaches, and also provide the following elements that can help you be better prepared for cyber threats:

  • Incident response preparation and planning—reviewing IT systems and establishing procedures for incident triage, defining an incident response plan.
  • Incident triage and classification—reviewing security events, identifying real security incidents and their severity.
  • Initial response—initial steps to contain, mitigate, and eradicate the threat.
  • Post-breach assessment—root-cause analysis and further steps to prevent the threat from recurring, and obtain lessons learned from the breach or incident.

Here are a few examples of services that can be provided as part of an incident response service offering:

  • Breach response SLA—service level agreement with 24/7 availability and a commitment to respond to a real security incident within a limited timeframe.
  • Compromise assessment—confirms if internal IT systems are clean, using automated scans, manual threat hunting and penetration testing techniques. The output of the assessment is documentation of malware infections, misconfigurations, security risks, and software vulnerabilities discovered.
  • Breach readiness assessment—evaluation of your security posture and readiness for specific types of cyber attacks. Identifies gaps and best practices you can implement to improve your readiness.

How to Evaluate an Incident Response Service?

You can check the following parameters of an incident response service to assess the quality and comprehensiveness of the services provided:

  • Expertise—how long the provider has been in business, how many L1/L2/L3 analysts they employ, and what is their technology training and certifications.
  • Incidents handled per year—how many real incidents the provider manages per year. Over 100 incidents indicates a large provide with multiple incident response teams.
  • Litigation—can the provider represent you in a court of law by providing suitable data or testifying as an expert witness?
  • Industry experience—does the provider have specific experience in your industry and have they successfully defended against your most significant threats?

Types of Incidents Handled

An incident response service can handle multiple levels of events—from critical incidents to minor events that still require a professional security response.

  1. Critical incidents: probably a breach
    Incident impacting critical facilities or data that can affect company revenue or client base. Can include privileged account compromise, denial of service (DoS), unauthorized access and data exfiltration.
  1. Serious incidents: potential breach:
    Incident affecting systems or data that are important for the organization but has no impact on revenues or the customer base. For example, policy violations, brute force attacks, social engineering, virus, or malware infection.
  1. Moderate event: low chance of breach
    Incident affecting non-critical systems or data, typically affecting one or only a small group of users. Examples include spyware, unauthorized use of internal privileges.
  2. Security event that requires investigation
    Not a security incident, but an event that requires security involvement. For example, spam email, inappropriate content viewed by employees, content scraping.

Incident Response Services Benefits

Using an outsourced incident response service can provide several important benefits:

  • Reduce response time and incident impact—an outsourced service with a guaranteed SLA can help you respond to major incidents faster, ensuring that attackers don’t have time to do major damage, compromise your most sensitive systems, or steal critical data. An incident stopped in its early stages is a catastrophic breach prevented.
  • Experienced, battle-tested teams—incident response providers have IR teams that manage major security incidents on a daily basis, giving them highly valuable, fresh practical experience. In most in-house security teams, only the most experienced analysts have significant hands-on experience with security incidents, and even those that have practical experience may be “rusty”, because a long time passes between actual security incidents.
  • Knowledge sharing—in-house security teams benefit from working together with outsourced incident responders. They can learn from cooperating on security incidents, and in many cases the IR provider will offer training for in-house staff as part of their service offering.
  • Incident response technology—many incident response providers offer an automated incident response platform as part of their service offering, giving you the benefits of an advanced incident response technology without the cost and complexity of implementing a new technology in-house.

Cynet: Respond in Minutes to a Critical Cyber Attacks

Cynet provides a security platform that can be deployed in minutes across hundreds to thousands of endpoints to scan, identify and remediate threats. CyOps, Cynet’s managed detection and response team, is on call 24/7, allowing enterprises of all sizes to get access to the same expert security staff that protect the largest enterprises.

Cynet’s CyOps provides always-on incident response services, threat hunting, forensic investigations for breaches, and malware analysis to automatically prevent threats like malware, fileless attacks, Macros and LOLBins.

Contact Cynet for immediate help

For emergency assistance from Cynet’s security experts, call them at US 1-(347)-474-0048, International +44-203-290-9051.

Learn More About Incident Response Services

There’s a lot more to learn about incident response services. To continue your research, take a look at the rest of our blogs on this topic:

Incident Response Retainer: Getting Your Money’s Worth

An incident response retainer is a service agreement that enables companies to get external help with security incidents. Incident response retainer services are provided by data forensics and incident response (DFIR) specialists, and also by vendors offering incident response tools, who also have in-house incident response teams. When purchasing a service from a vendor, you will usually receive access to their technology as well as incident response services.

Read more: Incident Response Retainer: Getting Your Money’s Worth

Selecting and Testing an Incident Response Service Provider

An incident response service provider helps organizations detect, respond, and mitigate cyber-attacks. Besides responding to security threats and providing a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for response time in an emergency, incident response providers can help with ransomware and malware removal, post-breach investigations, threat hunting, and building an incident response plan.

Read more: Selecting and Testing an Incident Response Service Provider

Incident Response Platform: The Road to Automating IR

An incident response platform is a software system that guides and automates incident response. Incident response platforms provide three key capabilities—helping security analysts to collaborate, automating responses using security playbooks, and helping security teams collect security event data. This article explains what incident response platforms can do, and why they are essential to automating incident response and doing more with limited resources.

Read more: Incident Response Platform: The Road to Automating IR

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