Incident response is the methodology a company employs to respond to and handle a cyberattack. An intrusion or data breach can cause destruction, possibly influencing clients, intellectual property, business time and devices. An incident response intends to decrease this loss as quickly as possible. An investigation is also an essential element to learn from the assault and better prepare for the future.
Why is Incident Response Plan Important?
Having an incident response plan is a crucial component of a robust security program. Its goal is to build and examine precise actions that a company could and possibly should take to lessen the consequence of a breach from external and internal threats.
While not every cyberattack can be stopped, a company's IR posture should maintain anticipation, coordination, and arrangement. The strength of an IR plan is usually ranked on the maturity of a company's processes, which describes how proactive a company is. Organizations that can plan strategies to the level of risk relevant to the market are better equipped in the case of a security incident.
Building an efficient incident response plan needs notable time and energy but can considerably enhance the security of the systems and data. Is your company ready to react to a cyber attack? It is a matter of “when” and not “if” the organization will encounter a dangerous cybersecurity incident. An incident response plan is the best opportunity at protecting the company from undergoing the consequences of an attack. The time to design and develop the response to security incidents is long before they ever occur. These are the six steps companies can follow to draft an incident response plan
The first stage of creating an incident response plan is to establish, examine, recognize, and prepare. Review the preparation stage as a risk evaluation. Be practical about the possible weak spots within the systems; any element that has the chance for breakdown needs to be addressed. Implement such evaluation early on and secure the systems by placing both staff and tools. For example, Incidents affect fast, so thorough preparation is essential. Preparation includes implementing the best tools and establishing up the appropriate methods ahead of an incident occurring. Crucial steps in this phase involve identifying your assets that must be defended at all costs—and examining data from earlier incidents to manage your planning.
To prepare for incidents includes compiling a list of assets such as networks, servers, and endpoints, recognizing their value and which ones are crucial or handle sensitive information. Deciding which kinds of security events should be investigated, and design complete response steps for well-known types of incidents.

This is the method of identifying a breach and allowing a swift, focused response. Cyber-security teams recognize breaches utilizing different threat intelligence streams, intrusion detection methods, and firewalls.
For example, to prevent an incident from causing damage, the demand is to find suspicious activity and to find out precisely what is happening. This stage starts with collecting data from various sources such as SIEM, network device logs, people in the company, and more, to recognize incidents based on signs. Once incidents have been identified, you want to define false positives, analyze the attack vector, know the scope of the situation, and recognize the vulnerabilities being used.
Containment and Automate Investigation
One of the first actions after identification is to limit the suffering and stop further penetration. This can be achieved by taking particular sub-networks offline and depending on business continuity plans. The company will possibly live in a state of the crisis until the breach is checked.
Automation of monotonous or slow processes can save the time of the cyber-security teams to achieve more specific and difficult work. It can give more uniform and constant monitoring and response. Automation can also allow being more proactive in the incident responses, triggering operations as soon as an unusual event is identified. When applied accurately, automation can help security teams to avoid missing alerts and warnings by prioritizing alerts according to predefined gates. Automation tools can more promptly provide and interpret data and can give analysts with important context for incidents. This allows security analysts to concentrate their time on the most important threats and increases their strength to decrease damage.
Response and Mitigation
This step includes neutralizing the attack and repairing internal operations to as close to their former state as possible. This can consist of subsequent monitoring to assure that attacked systems are no longer exposed to the next attack.
Reacting to security incidents can take various forms. Incident response procedures may involve triaging alerts from the endpoint security tools to discover which threats are genuine and/or the preference in which to solve security incidents. Incident response activities can also cover checking and neutralizing the threat(s)—separating, shutting down, or contrarily “disconnecting” affected systems from the network to stop the range of the cyber attack. Additionally, incident response services involve reducing the threat such as eradicating malicious files, hidden backdoors, and artifacts from the servers or networks which caused the security incident.
Security teams require to confirm that all altered systems are no longer jeopardized and can be restored to operating condition. This also needs establishing timelines to repair operations and monitoring for any unusual network movement ultimately. At this step, it becomes achievable to determine the price of the breach and consequent loss.

Playbooks are recipes that completely describe actions to be taken to complete a method. For example, the playbook is a collection of recipes, tools, representing at least one operation to be performed with input information and triggered by one or more incidents. It is a crucial element of cybersecurity—particularly in security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR).
These tools can be designed for any method but are especially helpful for regulating IRPs. With playbooks, you can create exact response plans for a broad category of circumstances. These playbooks can then be utilized by responders when an incident occurs.
Since the playbook completely outlines the responses to be taken, responders are less inclined to skip steps or make errors due to the burden of responding. Additionally, playbooks allow you to simply pass on data and expertise to any responder. For example, you can give a playbook that describes how to disable and redeploy endangered containers. Any team member utilizing the playbooks should be capable of completing the method effectively regardless of their experience.
How does ATAR help?
ATAR sports a purpose-built incident management service desk. Using the ATAR UI, analysts can review cases and react to ongoing attacks far quicker than doing everything manually on a family of tools. Instead of utilizing all of these tools independently, it is useful to request them through ATAR UI. Such use supports analysts to explore faster, as they are no longer required to login and logout to these apps. With the click of a button, it is possible to summon a special data gathering function based on the abilities of whatever tools the SOC is having. Several ATAR users report 15-20 times an increase in investigation momentum.
ATAR has ready-made alliances with over 120+ various technologies from some 70+ different IT vendors. These integrations enable ATAR to reach out to various platforms and accumulate additional data and evidence, as well as correlate to a special device to switch configurations or take particular actions. In this regard, ATAR provides Software-Defined Security; it is possible to improve security posture by triggering particular automation playbooks.

Ahmet Ozturk
Product Manager