When a data breach or cyber attack occurs, IT forensics is an essential first step in the recovery process. IT forensic professionals can preserve evidence necessary for law enforcement, court proceedings, insurance claims, and restoring systems. Without IT forensics, timely data may be lost forever, furthering the negative impacts on the victim company.
Typically, there are three stages of IT forensics following an attack, including:
· Analyze: Identifying the type of attack, what it affected, the data exposed, hardware impacts, and third-party impacts.
· Contain: Locking down systems to prevent the hackers from doing any more damage than they already have.
· Preserve: Capturing and preserving evidence to understand more about the attack and plan a recovery.
IT forensics is an essential part of a comprehensive cybersecurity protocol that every business should have in its cyber insurance policy. To learn more about the benefits of IT forensics, click here to read our blog featuring a roundtable between cyber insurance professionals.