Optimizing Incident Response Tools to Leverage Your System Security

In the world of IT, they say you are only as good as your toolset. But it doesn’t simply end there, it isn’t just about your toolset. You also have to know how, when and why to use it.

With the rapid amount of cyber security threats, changing demands of data processes and a shortage of skilled people to do the job, SOC analysts and programmers are often caught up with a balloon of responsibilities. The best way out? The use of Incident Response tools that help automate the process.

The good news is, when it comes to incident responses there are already many automated solutions available that promise to provide better and more efficient incident detection, streamlined investigation and triage, containment, and response.

Incident Response Tools and Techniques

Choosing which Incident Response or IR Tools is appropriate for your business can be difficult. There are several instances where even a thorough incident plan still fails in the end due to inadequate or lack of the right tools. Simply put, determining the right IR tools to use is an important factor to consider when working on an incident response methodology and security plan for your business.

The goal of incident responses and security programs is to detect intrusion and respond appropriately to reduce the impact should a breach occurs. To achieve this goal is equivalent to finding and employing the most effective strategy and IR tools as possible. So, how do we determine which tools will truly provide a working threat and security solution for our system? There are actually a number of factors to consider when determining the right product:

  1.    Your IR Tools and Your Business Needs

What are the common and biggest threats in your line of business? What defense options are most applicable to you? In order to determine the right product for your business, you might need to step back first and begin with a thorough understanding of the needs of your business.  

  1.    Integration Components and Partners

Fundamentally, IR tools rely on various APIs for its automation activities. Hence, you should consider choosing a product that allows smooth integration as possible.     

  1.    The IR Tool Features

Your IR Tool should integrate robust tools to gather the necessary information and insights for a response.

  1.    The Ease of Use and Implementation

Ease of use of the tool is an important factor to consider. Time is of great value, and analysts should not spend so much time grasping in the dark because of a clumsy interface in order to perform important actions or finding significant information during an incident. The right IR tool should be easy to use and implement and each member of the security team must have sufficient knowledge about the tool.

There is no crystal ball that will predict when a breach of security can happen. The key lies in proper planning along with the integration of the right Incident response tools.  There are currently several IR tools and solutions available and finding the right one can be tricky. CyberBit products provide a comprehensive IR platform and you can benefit from their robust heritage – which is also another factor you may want to consider when choosing your IR tool.