When outside resources are needed in the midst of a security breach, they are usually needed fast. A credit union that has experienced a security breach, such as a phishing attack or a denial of service attack, knows criminals are well prepared and work with incredible speed. To respond quickly and effectively, roles and responsibilities for everyone in the organization should be assigned in advance. People within various areas of the credit union need to know how to recognize a potential security incident and how to respond quickly. Following up after an attack is easy to overlook, but it is an essential part of the process. Few credit unions have all the skills required to effectively handle some of the more severe types of security incidents. Although the focus of this article was on the response to a security incident, the primary focus should always be on the prevention of security events.
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