Incident Response Plan 101: How to Build One, Templates and Examples
How to build an incident response plan around the SANS incident response process, examples to get you started, and a peak at incident response automation.
Incident response is an approach to review, and respond to a cyber security breach or attack utilizing a planned process or methodology.
Effective incident response teams utilize procedures and technology, such as automated playbooks, to respond quickly and adequately to cyber security events, limiting the damage done by attackers.
The right mix of IR automation and IT orchestration can drastically cut the time analysts spend on manual steps—often from many days to mere minutes. While far from being a silver bullet, automation and orchestration are proven approaches to improving the security, efficiency, cost, and morale of security teams and organizations that depend on them.
A security incident is often a high-pressure situation. Having pre-planned incident response steps helps for an immediate and more organized response and can spare many unnecessary business impacts and associated reputational harm.
Every cybersecurity leader senses the urgent need to prepare for a cyberattack. If you haven’t already, most likely you’ll want to deploy an effective incident response policy soon, before an attack results in a breach or other serious consequences. Creating an effective incident response policy helps ensure a timely, effective, and orderly response to a security event.
Writing a Mock Breach Notification Letter Before a Security Disaster: Working backward from a breach that hasn’t occurred yet will illuminate the weaknesses in your disaster plan, so you can take action now—rather than when you’re in a breach recovery.
Unlike a SOC, the comprehensive response provided by a CSIRT reaches beyond the technical actions taken to remediate an incident. It includes recommending changes to systems or organizational practices to protect against future incidents. Plus, it includes important nontechnical responsibilities as well.
A cybersecurity incident response plan checklist will help your organization respond to security incidents quickly and efficiently. In the event of a security incident, having a comprehensive incidence response plan in place will help to minimize damage to your organization, and mitigate impacts of cyber threats.