CYBER CRIME & INCIDENT RESPONSE
Cyber Security Incident or Cyber Crime whichever way we look at the hacks, breaches and thefts, there is no denying the fact that incident response mechanism should be in place across board, so that all stakeholders and the country at large knows the mechanism and is comfortable with it. The accountability gets fixed and one can be sure of the redressal as well. Today it is pillar to post story. For smaller hacks and losses there is barely anybody who can be approached either in the company or the Govt.
With company reputation and brand playing on their minds, public declaration of a hack itself is the biggest challenge. It’s takes a while just in case cannot be hushed up. The nature of job to be done in hacking cases by them and the law enforcement agencies are similar but it is treated as adversarial. The law enforcement works on behalf of the business enterprises or the individuals with the same grit and determination, but they feel it otherwise. The recent cracking of the Yahoo case points in the same direction.
Only collaboration can it take it forward. The creation of rules and guidelines in the company, its implementation and audit will certainly change matters. But, unfortunately, the breach is somehow fixed and it’s back to the same story waiting for a bigger breach to be reported yet again. In reality, the incident response mechanism and protocols should take over as the incident happens and take remedial measures to its logical conclusion ending up in changes that at least similar incidents does not happen again.
With lots of things seemingly moving in the right direction at times towards better Incident response, transparency & accountability, things are bound to change for positive. The biggest challenge remains the Human Resource crunch. It needs immediate remedial action.
THE QUALITY OF THE CYBER CRIME INCIDENT RESPONSE MECHANISM DECIDES THE QUALITY OF TODAY’s LIFE.