Digital Forensics Dispatch

Digital Forensics Blog
by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Digital Forensics and Incident Response Process

April 7, 2022

The reality of the world today is that data breaches and cyberattacks happen every day, as evidenced by the number of news reports in almost every industry. It is no longer a matter of if, but when a company is going to experience an attack.

Often, during and after a cybersecurity incident, an internal or external incident response team is called upon to discover the who, what, where, why, and how of the incident. However, many people may not be familiar with the term incident response. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC) defines incident response as “the mitigation of violations of security policies and recommended practices.”

The incident response process should be something that every organization has in place and should have clearly defined. A well-put-together response plan can help mitigate damages to a company’s resources and data when a security incident takes place.

When a cybersecurity incident occurs, often an outside cybersecurity or digital forensics company is hired to investigate the cyber incident to determine what if any data may have been compromised.

Digital forensics is a specific part of the incident response process, which helps to determine what data was taken, what systems were compromised, and how the compromise happened. If you are unfamiliar with the term digital forensics, the CSRC defines it as “the process used to acquire, preserve, analyze, and report on evidence using scientific methods that are demonstrably reliable, accurate, and repeatable such that it may be used in judicial proceedings.”

Digital forensic analysis in cyber incidents can vary depending on the type of incident, but when looking for a firm to perform this part of the incident response process, it’s crucial to ensure that they have a solid understanding of the forensic preservation and analysis process, along with good documentation. Knowledgeable cybersecurity and digital forensics companies will help save costs and time during the handling of the security incident.

If you have questions about a cybersecurity incident or need assistance in creating an incident response plan, the experts at Sensei can help you draft a comprehensive plan to protect your data. Sensei’s digital forensic experts can help to preserve and analyze data on a compromised system and help you recover from the cyber incident.

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