Chris Hague
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Imagine this: you're enjoying a stress-free weekend when a notification pops up – your company has been hit by a cyberattack. Panic sets in. Who do you call? How do you contain the damage? Who is available to support and guide? This is where an incident response (IR) retainer shines. 


What is an IR Retainer?

 Think of an IR retainer as a cybersecurity insurance policy. It's a pre-arranged agreement with a qualified IR firm like Foregenix, securing their expertise and resources before a crisis hits.  This means you have a trusted partner ready to spring into action the moment an attack occurs, minimizing downtime and maximizing data protection.


The Value of Proactive Preparation

 Here's why an IR retainer is a wise investment:

  Faster Response: Every second counts during an attack. With an established retainer, you have immediate access to a team of experienced professionals who can swiftly assess the situation and initiate containment measures.

  • Reduced Costs: Reacting to a cyberattack amidst chaos can be expensive. By having a pre-negotiated fee structure with your IR partner, you avoid the shock of exorbitant hourly rates and unexpected expenses.
  • Expertise on Demand: Incident responders are your "SWAT Team" for cyber. Their specialized knowledge and experience are crucial for mitigating damage, collecting evidence, and navigating the legal landscape.
  •  Peace of Mind: Knowing you have a plan in place provides invaluable peace of mind. When a cyberattack hits, you can focus on business continuity, confident that your data and systems are in capable hands.


Beyond Immediate Response

 The benefits of an IR retainer extend beyond the initial attack.  Foregenix can also:

 Conduct security assessments to identify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

  • Develop a customized incident response plan tailored to your specific needs.
  • Provide ongoing training for your staff to enhance their cybersecurity awareness.
  • Help identify dependencies you didn’t realize your systems had.


 Investing in Resilience

 An IR retainer is an investment in your company's resilience. By being prepared for the inevitable, you can minimize the impact of cyberattacks and ensure a swift recovery. Don't wait for disaster to strike. Secure your digital future with a proactive incident response strategy.


Contact Foregenix today to discuss IR retainer options that can fit your organization’s needs.


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Chris Hague
Chris Hague

Divisional Head for the Foregenix Technical Services which covers the Incident Response and Digital Forensic (DFIR) Team, Threat Intelligence Group (TIG) and Security Operations Center (SOC). The advanced security teams within Foregenix. Mr. Hague has over 30 years of experience as an IT Professional and possesses a wide range of skills that enable him to perform in multiple roles while covering diverse platforms and security initiatives. Mr. Hague is currently responsible for overseeing and assisting in forensic investigations and data recovery efforts across a wide client base and has responded to numerous large scaled, targeted based breaches across the world.

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