In today’s world, security threats and incidents have become the norm. The security statistics speak for themselves that IT security spending will soar from more than $75 billion in 2015 to $101 billion in 2018. And 87 percent of U.S. chief executives polled for PricewaterhouseCoopers’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey 2015 think cyberattacks will hinder their growth. This is an 18 percent increase from the previous year.

Best practices dictate having a proactive plan in place rather than trying to develop and implement a plan after a breach has occurred. Furthermore, if your organization is subject to regulatory standards such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX ITGC/COBIT, NIST 800-53/FISMA or NERC CIP/SCADA, you’re required to have an incident response plan. The question has shifted from “Will there be a security incident?” to “When will my company experience a cybersecurity attack?” In fact, 79 percent of companies have experienced a cybercrime in the past 12 months, according to the PwC 2015 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey. You wouldn’t run your business without insurance, so you shouldn’t wait until you’ve been breached to take a proactive approach to security.

Here are the top three benefits of having a trusted partner on retainer to help you quickly stop the damage and protect your organization.

1. Support for a professional cyberattack investigation

Most companies don’t deal with incidents on a daily basis and, therefore, can find themselves unprepared when a scourge occurs within their networks. Look for a partner with extensive incident management experience that can work side by side with your team, providing an authoritative voice on the best actions to take, and when to take them, in order to minimize losses. When handling a malicious digital assault, you need a partner that uses industry-leading tools to capture and analyze the data in a forensically sound way, giving your organization the best chance of knowing what has been compromised and how. Of course, your partner also needs to have the experience and ability to remediate the incident to prevent recurrence.

2. Maintenance of chain of custody assurance

Post-incident forensics is critical when determining the impact of the hack. Without proper testing, key steps may be missed that could result in increased exposure during a security breach. In addition, without a trained and readily available response team, extensive damage can occur. Failure to maintain chain of custody, and therefore the ability to ensure the integrity of collected data, may result in the validity of that data being questioned. During each step of data capture and analysis, you need a partner who follows proper chain of custody procedures  so if your organization is able to find a perpetrator, you’ll be well positioned to take the information to a court of law.

3. Response availability 24/7/365

When your infrastructure is sabotaged, your organization needs help instantly, no matter the day or time. Seconds count when you need to quickly stop the damage and protect your organization. Ensure that you are working with a partner who guarantees a prompt response around the clock so an incident and corresponding damage can be resolved and mitigated as quickly as possible.

Don’t wait until cyberwarfare is waged; make sure your business is protected by having a reliable and trusted partner on standby to assist. Through its partnership with ViaWest and AppliedTrust, CDW can support you with a proactive approach to security, ensuring a timely and thorough response to a security incident.

Learn more about CDW’s incident response and other security services.

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