As cyber threats increase in Ghanaian businesses, it’s vital that they prepare for any eventualities. Incident response planning is a cornerstone of cybersecurity strategy and can help organizations minimize damage and recover quickly after cyber attacks. In this blog we’ll look at its key points as well as provide an example from one Ghanaian education provider’s recovery from a ransomware attack.

Why Incident Response Planning Is Essential

Time is of the utmost importance in responding to cyber attacks; any delays could result in irreparable damage. Incident response planning provides a means of anticipating such situations by outlining steps to take in case an attack does occur, including identifying key stakeholders and their roles, setting up communication channels, and outlining procedures for mitigating or containing it.

Follow These Key Steps In Case of a Cyber Attack

Although every response plan will differ based on your business and type of attack, here are a few key steps that should be followed during any incident response situation:

  • Identification of Attack: It is vitally important to quickly establish what kind of attack has taken place and the scope of any damage done. Once an attack is identified, it’s essential to contain it quickly to avoid further damages.
  • Mitigate the Damage: Once an attack has been stopped, steps should be taken to limit its effects and restore any existing damages.
  • Investigate the Incident: It is necessary to conduct an investigation in order to understand what caused an attack and any weaknesses which need to be addressed.
  • Report an Incident: Incidents should be reported to appropriate authorities and stakeholders should be kept up-to-date about what has transpired.

Best Practices for Recovery

After being subject to a cyber attack, recovery can be lengthy and complex. There are however some best practices which can assist organizations in recovering more rapidly and effectively:

Maintaining regular backups is an essential element in responding to cyber attacks and quickly recovering their data and operations. Restoring from Backups will allow businesses to resume operations more swiftly after being compromised by cybercriminals.

Review and Update Security Policies: Incidents should serve as an opportunity to review and adjust security policies so as to prevent similar attacks in the future.

Train Employees: Employee cybersecurity training is an integral component of any cybersecurity strategy and can help prevent future attacks.

Real World Example: Ghanaian Education Provider Recovers From Ransomware Attack

Recently, a Ghanaian education provider was targeted with a ransomware attack. Thanks to their incident response plan, however, they were quickly able to identify, contain, and mitigate this incident quickly; eventually restoring from cloud backups and resuming operations within days. Following this incident they reviewed and updated their security policies and trained employees how best to avoid similar attacks in future.

Preparedness can seem intimidating, but developing an incident response plan can make all the difference in Ghanaian businesses’ ability to respond and recover swiftly from cyber attacks. Don’t wait until it’s too late – start developing your plan now. Contact us to learn more about incident response and how we can help you plan and execute  your recovery plan.