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Incident Response Plan Development

Essentials

An Incident Response Plan (IRP) is a set of policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities that enables an organization to effectively respond to threat events and mitigate negative impacts to business operations and stakeholder value. An effective Incident Response Plan will:

  • Provide a central organization to handle and manage incidents
  • Provide appropriate and consistent responses to such incidents
  • Comply with government, legal, personnel (or other) regulations
  • Prevent the use of systems in attacks against external resources
  • Minimize the potential for negative exposure
  • Ensure each incident is followed to a state of resolution which is acceptable to stakeholders
  • Result in enterprise integration through effective lessons-learned exercises and response training

An IRP provides the foundation required to bring needed resources together in an organized manner to deal with an adverse event related to the safety and security of personnel, systems, and data. This plan will help to mitigate the risks from computer security incidents by providing guidelines on responding to incidents effectively and efficiently, and will ensure security response maturity through effective planning, preparation, and testing.

Expertise

Members of the Incident Response Team have created metrics, developed plans, and capabilities built specifically using NIMS, NIST, CERT, FCD-1, and HSEEP standards for designated, mission-essential functions and highly critical assets. SecureState’s Incident Response Team has planned and invoked responses to the full spectrum of threat and hazard events, including enterprise-wide malware response, proprietary information theft, inclement weather events and terrorist disruption. Additionally, SecureState provides hands-on technical training sessions for such events as forensic analysis, tabletop IR exercises, event and threat analysis, application and malware dissection, and incident handling.

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Did You Know?

  • The effectiveness of plans, policies, and procedures are not actively or routinely measured
  • Most organizations do not know if the correct critical processes, applications, or assets are identified
  • Other than a real-life event or interruption, most plans are unknown if they work to eradicate threats or restore business operations.
  • An organization’s plans, policies, and procedures should be evaluated, and tested, at least annually.
  • After every real-life event or controlled assessment, the organization should ensure the lessons-learned and recovery meetings occur.
  • The goal of every response is to integrate identified changes and mature the IR program

Our Approach and Methodology

Could your organization benefit from guidelines on how to respond to incidents effectively and efficiently? Would you feel more confident if you had a roadmap for coordinating personnel, policies, and procedures to ensure incidents are properly detected, analyzed, and handled?

Incident Response Plan Development will help to assist the organization in mitigating the risks from computer security incidents by providing guidelines with responding to incidents effectively and efficiently. The primary focus of the IRP is to provide a roadmap for coordinating personnel, policies, and procedures to ensure incidents are properly detected, analyzed, and handled. This document is only a recommended guideline and solution to meet security and mission requirements, and requires thorough testing and revisions.

The Incident Response Plan is designed to identify security incidents and to:

  • Provide a central organization to handle incidents
  • Provide appropriate and consistent responses to such incidents
  • Limit immediate incident impact to resources, personnel, and data
  • Reduce duplicated efforts on security incidents
  • Reduce resolution time for security incidents
  • Determine initial vector, or cause of such incident
  • Ensure proper and detailed reporting throughout incident response
  • Comply with government or other regulations
  • Prevent the use of systems in attacks against external resources
  • Minimize the potential for negative exposure
  • Ensure each incident is followed to a state of resolution acceptable to the organization
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The Incident Response Plan provides guidelines for implementing an incident response program based on the organization’s policy. The plan will provide a high-level approach for how the organization responds to incidents, and allow for adjustments, testing, and revisions based upon unique requirements; such as the mission, resources, size of organization, and functions. The Incident Response Plan defines how often the personnel, groups, and handlers should be tested and trained.

This document will include the following elements:

  • Manager approval
  • Strategies and goals
  • Organizational approach to incident response
  • The flow of communication between responders, outside resources, and the organization as a whole
  • Define testing and training requirements for maturing the document
 

What Makes Us Different

SecureState provides comprehensive Lessons-Learned Programs, Corrective Action Plans, and Resiliency Plans not only through practical experience, but with the ability to actively test and evaluate response and continuity programs. This methodology evaluates and measures the effectiveness and ROI of an organization’s planning and programs.

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