Understanding cyberattacks and best practices in triaging breaches

Aug 18, 2019
Business risk consulting Financial investigations Business services

As both the frequency and scope of cyberattacks rapidly grow, experienced forensic cybercrime resources can be an attorney’s best friend.

The frequency and scope of cyberattacks are growing rapidly, and breaches are a significant threat to any organization’s reputation and sustainability. While media reports largely tend to focus on large-scale breaches, smaller organizations are at a higher risk of being breached.

Just a single breach can result in significant financial, operational and reputational damage. However, a lesser known, but extremely serious, result of a cyberattack is the potential for government investigation or litigation. So what do you do when a cyber-related case ends up on your desk? How do you make sense of the technical language?

Experienced cybercrime experts are a valuable commodity as they help organizations and attorneys translate cyber jargon to more common language. These specialized resources can help legal resources, risk managers, senior executives and other stakeholders understand the challenging situations and vernacular associated with cyber-related cases. Therefore, it’s important for attorneys to identify a trusted advisor who can provide insight into the cyber event, and be a translator and guide during litigation proceedings.

With cyberthreats becoming more prevalent on a daily basis, attorneys can best serve their clients by understanding a number of technical aspects of a cyber event, including:

  • Understanding the attack scenario
  • Evaluating the entity’s response to the cyber event
  • Evaluating the recovery and remediation approach

Ultimately, experienced cyber forensic professionals can help to quickly discern and communicate the relevance, importance and overall impact of an attacker’s actions on a victim’s systems and operations. To read more on this topic, download RSM’s white paper: Understanding cyberattacks and best practices in triaging breaches.

RSM contributors

  • Sean Renshaw
    Senior Director

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