What Actually Happens During a Cyber Attack

What Actually Happens During a Cyber Attack

Cyber threats are a widespread occurrence today. But have you ever wondered what goes down during a cyber attack?

Cyber threats are a widespread occurrence today. But have you ever wondered what goes down during a cyber attack? Can cybersecurity training and specifically incident response training help with the chaos and pandemonium that follows? In this blog, we’ll break down exactly what goes on during a cyber attack within a workplace. Read on to learn what happens and how to fight back!

Mistakes are and Will Be Made

This is stating the obvious a bit, but still worth mentioning. In a state of panic induced by a cyber attack, decisions are made in a rush. Facts are not communicated clearly with stakeholders. Too often, businesses that have been under attack have failed to inform their regulators in time, which leads to fines or loss of your business reputation. Once a cyber attack occurs, if you have a reliable incident response place in plan and proper actions to fall back on, the chances are that inadvertent and careless mistakes will be reduced during the attack. Your staff will know what they should and should not do.

Sanctity of Evidence

The most common issue that emerges in incident response is the removal of evidence. Vital evidence of the cyber attack and its occurrence is usually deleted, either on purpose or by mistake. The integrity of evidence is important for incident responses. It assists with the IT and security team in helping understand the attack methodology and helps figure out what can be done to control it from spiraling entirely out of hand and for preventing similar scenarios from happening again in the future. Make sure your employees have regular training that makes preserving key evidence second nature in times of intensity and having a cyber incident response checklist that each employee is familiar with will help too.


Inconsistent communications are one other oft-seen byproduct of your usual cyber attack. Because of charged emotions, chaos, and mayhem, communication threads in a crisis start to become colored and corrupted with personal notions and prejudices. This has to be avoided at all costs. Apart from furthering adding to any confusion, unclear communications can lead to more damage and confusion to your business in the rare occurrence of a data breach. A proper network security plan can stop cybercriminals from ever breaching your system and make communication between you and your employees easier in the long term.

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