Building Your First Incident Response Policy: A Practical Guide for Beginners

It only makes sense to assume that sooner or later your company will have to handle a security incident and the subsequent recovery from any damage caused.

Creating an incident response policy before an incident occurs can help you minimize risk and ensure that you and your team are prepared. By planning your response ahead of time, you will be able to respond faster and more efficiently, and possibly even prevent additional damage from occurring.

What Is Incident Response?

In the Information Security space, incident response refers to a set of processes and plans that are used to detect, contain, eradicate, and repair systems after a security incident occurs. Incidents refer to any loss of functionality or data and may be caused by malicious attacks. An article from Digital Guardian defines the five steps of incident response as:

  1. Preparation
  2. Detection and Reporting
  3. Triage and Analysis
  4. Containment and Neutralization
  5. Post-Incident Activity

Your companies incident response policy must therefore cover and document each of these five areas.

Steps for Creating an Incident Response Policy

Having a structured policy is the key to an effective response. The following steps will help direct the creation of this policy and guide you on what aspects should be considered.

Evaluate Your Current Situation

The first step to creating any sort of incident response strategy requires an evaluation of what assets you need to protect, how those assets are vulnerable, what can be done to prevent an incident from occurring with them, and who your available resources (Read more...)

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