Bad guys know the faster they move, the more they’ll be able to accomplish: the more data they’ll be able to steal, the more money they’ll be able to extort, the more damage they can do to your reputation. So it’s a race to see whether the bad guys can move faster than the good guys. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of that equation.
One way to move fast is to optimize your alerting and incident response processes (which are, of course, tightly connected). What does this mean in practice? It means your security tools need to be integrated into the operations team’s workflows so the moment a security issue is detected, an alert is sent to those who can fix it, enabling them to take rapid action based on solid information. Doing this will optimize security workflows and improve operational support.
Here’s an effective way to optimize alerting and incident response.