Cyberattack Response Checklist

In the high-stakes chess game of digital security, a single misstep can lead to checkmate by cyber adversaries. As we navigate the murky waters of 2024, the onslaught of cyber threats morphs with alarming ingenuity, leaving businesses in a perpetual state of siege.

But there’s a beacon of hope in this shadowy arena – preparedness. Your ability to anticipate, outmaneuver, and swiftly counter these digital incursions can be the difference between organisational resilience and catastrophe.

The first move is yours: will you lead with a proactive stance, or will you be caught in the crossfire of the next major cyber onslaught? Strap in as we simplify a cyberattack response checklist that’s your ace in the hole for turning the tide against these invisible threats.

Immediate Response

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Identify the Breach: Determine the type of attack and the systems impacted. Quick identification can help contain the spread.

Containment: Immediately isolate affected systems to prevent further damage. This may involve disconnecting from the internet or shutting down certain systems.

Secure Your Backups: Ensure that your backups are intact and have not been compromised. Do not overwrite backups with data from affected systems.

Notify the Incident Response Team: Activate your cyber incident response team. This team should include members from IT, legal, HR, PR, and upper management.

Document Everything: Keep a detailed record of the incident and the response actions taken, including times and dates.

Assessment and Investigation

Assess the Impact: Evaluate the scope of the attack, including data loss, system integrity, and business operations.

Forensic Analysis: Engage cybersecurity experts to analyse how the attack occurred and to gather evidence for potential legal actions.

Regulatory Compliance: Review obligations under data protection laws and report the breach to relevant authorities as required.


Internal Communication: Inform staff about the breach and provide instructions on what to do next. Emphasise the importance of confidentiality.

External Communication: Prepare a statement for clients, stakeholders, and the public if necessary. Be transparent about the situation but avoid sharing sensitive details that could exacerbate the issue.

Recovery and Restoration

Restore Systems: Once the threat is neutralised, begin restoring data and systems from backups, ensuring they are free from malware.

Update Security Measures: Implement stronger security measures to prevent similar attacks. This may include software updates, changes in access controls, and additional employee training.

Monitoring: Post-incident, enhance monitoring to catch any residual issues or attempts of re-entry by attackers.

Post-Incident Review

Analyse and Learn: Conduct a thorough review of the incident and the response. Identify what worked well and areas for improvement.

Update Incident Response Plan: Revise your incident response plan based on the lessons learned to strengthen your preparedness for future incidents.

Follow-up: Stay vigilant and keep stakeholders informed about the steps taken to improve security and prevent future attacks.

Continuous Improvement

Regular Training: Conduct regular training sessions for staff on cybersecurity awareness and best practices.

Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest cyber threat trends and update your security strategies accordingly.

Regular Audits: Schedule periodic audits of your security infrastructure to identify and rectify vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity Insurance: Review and update your cybersecurity insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage in light of evolving cyber threats.

Supply Chain Threat Detection

Cyber criminals have upped their game, so should you. We never underestimate or ignore your supply chain's security threats.

Security Operations Center

Financial losses, intellectual property theft, and reputational damage due to security breaches can be prevented.

SOC Assurance Service

Despite a mature Security Operations Center, you're still under threat. Our SOC Assurance mitigates the risk of unnoticed breaches.

Emergency Cyber Response

Regain immediate control, contain the damage, and eradicate the threat. Your bullet-proof, SOS rapid response.

Agentless Network Segmentation

Rely less on vulnerability management and rest assured that the threat won’t spread across your network.

Cyber Risk Assessment

Understand how vulnerable you are. We identify your threat sources and calculate your risks – likelihood and impact.

Endpoint Detection and Response

This solution is for customers that do not have extensive security budgets or staffing to implement and monitor an endpoint security solution.

Irregular Behavior Detection

Companies focus heavily on malicious outsider mitigation, while the biggest threat lies with those who already have access.

Penetration Testing Services

A penetration test is arguably the most important part of any cybersecurity journey, it tests an organization’s ‘final line of defense’ against attackers.

Security Awareness Training & Testing

With cybersecurity awareness training, the risk of human error can be reduced, turning human error into a human firewall.


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SOC Assurance Service
Emergency Cyber Response
Agentless Network Segmentation
Cyber Risk Assessment

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Endpoint Detection and Response
Irregular Behavior Detection
Penetration Testing
Security Awareness Training and Testing

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