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5 Essential Incident Response Checklists

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    System Backup and Recovery

    Every system should have its own checklist of tasks — based on its distinct configurations and operating systems — that can help responders confirm when it is no longer compromised and can return to normal operation. It's important to document in this list the time it will take for each step required to restore operations, and also to test and document, in advance, the full system backup and full system recovery processes.

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5 Essential Incident Response Checklists

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    System Backup and Recovery

    Every system should have its own checklist of tasks — based on its distinct configurations and operating systems — that can help responders confirm when it is no longer compromised and can return to normal operation. It's important to document in this list the time it will take for each step required to restore operations, and also to test and document, in advance, the full system backup and full system recovery processes.

Data breaches have become an unfortunate reality for most companies. If you haven't already experienced one, just wait. Whether state-sponsored or committed by an individual, hacking and the resulting loss of data, reputation and business profit must be a top priority for all organizations. And while it's important to keep up with the latest technologies to mitigate breach potential, it's equally as important to be ready to handle a breach once it occurs. A good way to do that is with incident response checklists.

When a security breach occurs, IT teams that are armed with incident response checklists will be better prepared to execute a fast and effective response. Good incident response checklists address particular scenarios and break down critical tasks into smaller pieces. They also help responders document everything that happens in an accurate, standard, and repeatable way. In this slideshow, AlienVault has identified the top five checklists that IT teams should have ready to go.