Six Steps to Surviving Your First Breach

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Build Relationships

Step 1: Build relationships outside of the IT department.

If you like meeting new faces around the organization, a security breach provides ample opportunity to do so — at the worst possible time. A breach is going to involve personnel from a wide range of departments: legal, executive, and PR to name the obvious candidates. Having an established channel with these groups and an understanding of how your jobs will interact during a security breach can save a lot of rushed drafting of paperwork and tense meetings during a time of crisis.

You’ve come to terms with the truth of the world; eventually, you’re going to suffer a security breach. Maybe it won’t happen this month, or this year, but as the great sage Tyler Durden so incisively observed, getting breached doesn’t determine whether or not you have a good security program in place — but how you respond to one does.

Once you accept that everything that can go wrong will do so at the worst possible time, there are things that can be done today to help rein in the trials of the future — things you can set in place to allow you to expect the unexpected.

Disavow yourself of any notion that the work you do in network security is “protecting” the company’s assets. Your mission is to analyze how the network can be attacked, with the hope that you can control the battlefield elegantly enough to be able to respond to all attacks adequately. Network security is as much about technology as the game of chess is about little carved figures on a checkered board.

 So, thinking strategically, what can be done today and what can be put aside for later? In this slideshow, AlienVault discuss six key actions you can take today to prepare your organization and help you when your executive team is breathing down your neck for answers they wanted an hour ago.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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