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These days, the term cybersecurity pops up everywhere. Common stories on the news involve ransomware attacks affecting various business sectors including hospital systems, city municipalities, and even small business. The days of focusing solely on local or domestic threats are long gone as the threat landscape has expanded globally and cyberattacks are now considered to be imminent. Additionally, there are new privacy and security threats that may trigger an event that requires a response from your organization. Whether you are a large business or a solo practice, being caught off guard by any of these events places you in a difficult position.


To help you know where to begin in the face of these threats, KAMMCO presents this four-part series focused on how to prepare an effective incident response plan. The articles in this series offer tips and guidance designed to help your organization develop its own incident response plan to successfully take action in the face of cyberattacks and other privacy/security events.

 

Part One: Building an All-Star Incident Response Team

Who is in charge during an incident stemming from a cyber or privacy/security event (“Incident”)? The IT team? The privacy team? The office manager? There is no one-size-fits-all approach for determining who is best to take on an investigation. One person can’t do it alone. A team of key individuals is necessary – their shared knowledge and experience resources combined – to resolve an Incident effectively and expeditiously.
     
 

Part Two - Creating the Game Plan

Teams with a well thought out game plan rally their players together behind a strategy and increase their chances of a win. In Part Two of this series we will review what it takes to bring together an organization’s complete incident response plan.

     

 

Part Three - Communicate the Plan

This article explores how to communicate the game plan to everyone in your organization. A successful defense of your organization from cybersecurity events can only be assured if everyone knows their role in the plan. Some of the key groups to communicate the incident response plan, include incident response team members, leaders of the organization, external partners and employees.

     

Health Care Teamwork

 

Part Four - Testing the Plan

It's imparative that you make sure your organization is ready for any incident that comes your way. This article details several ways you can test your plan.