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Five Reasons Why You Need a CSIRT, Even If You Think You Don't

Published: 08 October 2010

ID: G00207075

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Wheatman


Many enterprises don't have a computer security incident response team because the enterprises are too small, they are not regulated, or they think they don't have the resources. All organizations must implement a basic program using identification, response and escalation components.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Why You Need a CSIRT
    • 1. Rapid Response Limits Impact and Duration of Incidents
    • 2. Effective Incident Response and Detection Leverage Investment in the Entire Security Portfolio
    • 3. The CSIRT Helps Manage the Insider Threat
    • 4. Many Laws and Regulations Mandate Incident Response Processes
    • 5. Civil and Criminal Investigations Require Due Diligence in Maintaining Chain of Custody and Preservation of Evidence
  • Conclusion

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