Falling victim to a cyber attack?
Here are some steps you can take
Suggested Urgent Measures
If you believe your organization is currently under a cyber-attack, it’s crucial to act swiftly and decisively to mitigate the damage and protect your systems and data. Here are the steps you should take:
1: Stay calm and activate your incident response plan:
- If your organization has an incident response plan in place, follow it immediately. The plan should outline the steps to be taken during a cyber-attack and assign specific roles and responsibilities to team members. If you don’t have a plan, proceed to the next steps.
2: Assemble your incident response team:
- Gather a team of IT professionals, cybersecurity experts, legal advisors, and relevant stakeholders to manage the incident response. Assign roles and responsibilities to team members and establish clear lines of communication.
3: Isolate affected systems:
- Disconnect the affected systems from the network to prevent the attack from spreading further. This may involve physically disconnecting machines, disabling network access, or segmenting affected areas of the network. Quarantine any compromised devices to minimize further damage.
4: Preserve evidence:
- Document and preserve any evidence related to the cyber-attack. This may include capturing screenshots, recording timestamps, and saving relevant log files. Preserving evidence is crucial for forensic analysis, potential legal actions, and identifying the attackers’ methods.
5: Contact Cybersecurity Experts:
- If you don’t have in-house expertise, consider reaching out to your IT service provider or external cybersecurity experts. They can provide guidance, technical assistance, and expertise to contain and mitigate the attack
6: Notify management and relevant stakeholders:
- Inform your organization’s management, executives, and other key stakeholders about the cyber-attack. Provide regular updates on the situation, the impact on operations, and the progress of the response efforts. Keep communication channels open to address any concerns.
7: Implement containment measures:
- Work with your incident response team and cybersecurity experts to identify and contain the attack. This may involve taking affected systems offline, blocking malicious IP addresses, removing malware, or implementing other necessary measures to minimize the impact and prevent further spread.
8: Assess the damage and impact:
- Evaluate the extent of the attack and assess the damage caused. Identify which systems, data, or services have been compromised or affected. Understanding the impact will help prioritize recovery efforts and inform decision-making
9: Restore operations:
- Once the attack has been contained, focus on restoring operations. This may involve restoring systems from secure backups, rebuilding affected infrastructure, patching vulnerabilities, or reinstalling software. Ensure that restored systems are thoroughly checked for any residual threats.
Reach out our Cybersecurity Incident Response Team for further guidance at 305-602-0707
Our team of cyber consultants is available to support you throughout the investigation process, providing assistance with coordinating computer forensics and recovery resources. They will help investigate, contain, and restore the situation.