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How to Build a Computer Security Incident Response Team

Published: 23 June 2010

ID: G00175032

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan, Andrew Walls, Jeffrey Wheatman


It is becoming increasingly common for auditors, regulators and other stakeholders to require organizations to formalize their responses to security events. This note defines seven steps clients should follow to develop a team to manage information and IT security incidents within their enterprises.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Program Specification
    • Step 1: Define the Context, Purpose and Scope of the CSIRT
    • Step 2: Establish the Governance Structure
    • Step 3: Plan Resources
    • Step 4: Define the Operating Model
    • Step 5: Assemble the Toolkit
    • Phase 6: Establish Detection Capabilities
    • Step 7: Validate the Process

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