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Benefit From Microsoft Incident Response Retainer Service

In an age where practically everyone’s personally identifiable information can be found online, adequate security is ...

In an age where practically everyone’s personally identifiable information can be found online, adequate security is essential. Consider the alarming statistic that more than 422 million individuals in the United States are impacted by data compromises each year. If you currently lack confidence in your organization’s ability to prevent data breaches, look into utilizing Microsoft’s Incident Response Retainer service. Here’s what to know about this service and how it can protect your business and the sensitive information it stores.

security response-2What To Know About Cyber Threats and Incident Response

Cyber threats are a constant worry for businesses and individuals. Cybercriminals don’t seem to discriminate when choosing potential victims, which means no organization or person is safe. Before diving into how to respond to incidents, you should have a firm grasp of what an “incident” is. In terms of cybersecurity, an incident refers to a series of alerts that are deemed to be a genuine threat by humans or automation tools.

Any of the alerts on their own might not appear to be a threat. However, when the alerts are combined, they become a fairly reliable indicator of a potential data breach. It’s important to respond to these alerts in an organized and efficient manner. If your IT team isn’t equipped to do so, the Microsoft Incident Response Retainer service can help. As well, it will be easier to use Microsoft’s service if you also use a service that helps you integrate the technology into your current platforms.

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Different Types of Security Incidents

Attackers may try to access your company’s sensitive data in a number of ways. They may also use various techniques to compromise your business operations and systems. Here are some of the most common types of security incidents businesses of all types experience.


Malware is a type of software that is specifically designed to exfiltrate data or harm a computer system in some way. It may come in the form of spyware, viruses, trojan horses or ransomware.

Someone with ill intent may convince an employee to install malware by sending them attachments or instructions to download a file that appears to be innocuous. Once one employee’s computer is infected, the hacker may be able to gain access to the entire company’s computer systems. A good incident response program can help prevent this from happening in the first place.

Man in the Middle

A “man in the middle” data breach involves intercepting messages between two people who think they are privately communicating. In this way, the cybercriminal may be able to manipulate the conversation and convince one or both of the parties to give them sensitive personal information.


Phishing is one of the most common types of cyberattacks. During a typical phishing attack, the bad actor attempts to persuade recipients to provide personal information or download malware. The attacker often poses as a reputable business or person to earn the victim’s trust. When you have an effective incident response program in place, you can reduce your likelihood of falling victim to a phishing attack.

Denial of Service

During this type of attack, a bad actor overwhelms a system or network until it crashes or slows significantly. This type of attack is often aimed at high-profile companies or organizations because it costs them money and time to fix.

These are just a few of the top ways a cybercriminal may compromise your company’s sensitive information or the information of your clients. Microsoft offers services that can help prevent these types of data breaches.

Understanding Incident Response

Responding to an incident usually comes into play when a credible alert is detected by your security team. If the incident is verified to be a threat, response teams work to quickly isolate and remove it. Often, lawyers, business decision-makers and privacy experts all work with the cybersecurity team to respond effectively to an incident.

If you aren’t prepared to respond to incidents, your likelihood of experiencing a data breach is higher. That’s why many companies rely on external services such as those offered by Microsoft to help keep their information secure.

Why You Need Microsoft Services

Microsoft Incident Response Retainer provides a variety of AI-powered investigation proficiencies, such as:

  • Log analysis
  • Malware analysis support
  • Attacker containment
  • Threat investigation
  • Digital forensics

You’ll also have a security delivery manager assigned to you as part of this valuable service. The retainer hours can include a combination of reactive and proactive services, including remediation of critical systems.

One of the worst aspects of a data breach is the helplessness of such a situation. Often, attackers lock IT admins out of their accounts so they can do nothing but watch as their sensitive data is stolen. Microsoft can help recover and remediate critical systems. It works to help IT admins regain full control after an incident and maintain that control. In this way, the service can help prevent future security breaches.

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Set Up a Microsoft Incident Response Retainer Today

Every company and individual should be concerned about data security. If any of your information or your client’s information is maintained in the cloud, it’s your responsibility to keep it secure.

If you are concerned about data security, your company can gain peace of mind by setting up a Microsoft Incident Response Retainer. This service provides quarterly threat briefings and a comprehensive analysis of threats and security alerts. Contact Cloudficient today to learn more about how we can help you seamlessly utilize Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud offerings.

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