Seven Key Components to Start Your Incident Response Plan

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Create plans for all possible situations

Not every incident will be the same, nor will every incident consist of a one-off hack. In fact, that is seldom the case, as is evident from kill-chain analysis. Organizations should plan for external attacks, as well as incidents that occur pursuant to assets being lost or stolen (i.e., laptops, mobile devices and removable media). Also remember that insiders can be a threat – including when an outsider compromises an insider's access. Create a separate plan for each scenario so no matter what the incident is, a response plan can immediately be put in place. If you have tools that can codify and automate some of these processes, you will be that much better off in compressing time by meeting service levels while also increasing capacity.

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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