The theft of credit card and personal identity information is big business. We’ve all seen the headlines about data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and JPMorgan Chase. At JPMorgan Chase, personal information for 83 million households and small businesses was stolen, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. The theft of this personal information is not only expensive to JPMorgan Chase (and its insurers), and not only upsetting for all the people impacted—it can also lead to more cyber attacks in the future, since personal information helps cybercriminals better target individuals.
With all the confidential data stored online, it’s critical to plan your incident response in advance, so that when a cyber attack occurs, you’re ready. Incident response cannot be an afterthought. You’ll need a command center, clear decision makers, a communication plan, and data. That’s right: data. To investigate a cyber attack, you need to be able to look back in time and figure out what happened: how did the attackers get in the door? Where did they go, and what did they take once they got inside?
Because data matters, every security portfolio should include network forensics. If you collect network traffic data today and preserve it, then you will have the data you need in the future to do forensic analysis and figure out what happened. One security expert says that network traffic data is like “pure gold.” That may sound like hyperbole. It’s not. With the right network forensics solution, you can reduce investigation cycles down from weeks to hours to minutes. When you’re under the gun to resolve a cyber incident, the time saved on the investigation may prove to be even more valuable than gold.
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Read about how to prepare for a data breach with Quantum’s ‘Cybersecurity Best Practices Kit.’
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