Seven Key Components to Start Your Incident Response Plan

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Today, much of the enterprise is run by software. There is no reason for a comprehensive cybersecurity incident response to be largely a pen, paper and spreadsheet operation. Technology is an integral part of security, and what the industry needs is more integrated, automated yet evolutionary technology for incident response as an effective complement to the incident response program — and the key to the success of the command center. Until organizations demand such a tool, and the security software industry responds, the incident response program will remain somewhat ineffective. A strong program needs a strong execution engine. This is not a defeatist view. In fact, the incident response program is a MUST, and vendors will seek out the opportunity to fill in any void that exists.

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.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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