Seven Key Components to Start Your Incident Response Plan

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Incident response essential practices

There are two parts to establishing essential security practices for incident response: (1) adherence to compliance and laws and (2) definition of standard operating procedures that clearly document the steps for each incident type. Compliance requirements drive policy and privacy, and the controls that must be implemented. Any gaps in controls could well lead to incidents.

Organizations must proactively understand these vulnerabilities and create response procedures that are documented and implemented, hopefully using tools that help codify these processes for consistency across all teams. These essential practices should be reviewed periodically, and updated based on experience from responding to incidents, availability of new controls (tools), or changes in the regulatory or legal landscape. Note that the essential practices must include containment, remediation and prevention strategies, as well as contingencies like escalation and brand repair.

Today, organizations are overwhelmed with the volume, variety and complexity of cyber attacks. They are equally overwhelmed with the variety and complexity of cyber security solutions, particularly the overlapping capabilities offered by vendors with a "me too" attitude. This is flagrantly evident with "incident response tools;" every vendor wants to be their customer's incident response solution.

The cybersecurity incident response cannot be a simple extension or an after-thought. It's a discipline that organizations have tried to hone in on since the first malware was discovered, and it requires a thoughtful, evolutionary and comprehensive approach commensurate with the changing cyber threat landscape. Any tool that purports to be an incident response tool must seamlessly integrate with an organization's incident response strategy, the core of which includes an incident response policy, plan, procedures and service levels. Collectively, this is called the incident response program.

Regardless of the size of an enterprise or its industry, organizations must create and implement an incident response program to effectively and confidently respond to the current and emerging cyber threats. More often than not, companies make simple mistakes in developing and implementing these programs largely because they are focused on the day-to-day, versus a comprehensive strategy to combat persistent cyber threats. Ken Silva, president of cyber strategy at ManTech Cyber Solutions, offers seven key elements required to establish a robust, evolutionary and durable incident response program that delivers results.


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