By Charlotte Tunstall – Sales Executive – Cyber and Technology at Protection Group International
In my day to day activity, I am often asked about how an organisation should go about creating a breach response plan. After first getting over the hurdle of why one isn't in place already, or if it is, why it is never tested, the conversation can very quickly take a technical turn.
But implementing a good breach response plan goes far beyond just 'keeping the lights on'. First, you have to understand what your 'lights' are. Understand your IP. Understand where it is, who has access to it, when, and how it can be obtained. Follow guidelines already in place such as ISO27001, or if you are an SME, have a look at Cyber Essentials.
From here, start thinking about all of the ways your confidential IP can be accessed. Work with professionals such as PGI Cyber on scenario plans and most importantly, test these plans. Imagine having a fire safety plan in place and never testing it. It's rendered useless.
This all begins to formulate a breach response plan. But it goes on…..
In the wake of a breach, when do you contact your legal representation? What do you have to tell the press? Do you have cyber insurance and does it cover your specific breach?
We are working closely with insurance and legal firms to help organisations make the right calls at the right times when a breach occurs.