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Seven Steps to Creating an Effective Computer Security Incident Response Team

Published: 11 January 2012

ID: G00225512

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan , Andrew Walls


A carefully managed incident response team, designed to meet specific organizational circumstances, is a vital component of an organization's defense. A phased approach to the creation of the team will ensure optimal effectiveness.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • The CSIRT: The Key to Managing Today's Security Incident — and Tomorrow's
  • Seven Steps to Creating an Effective CSIRT
    • Step 1. Define Context and Scope
    • Step 2. Establish a Governance Structure
    • Step 3. Identify and Acquire Necessary Resources
    • Step 4. Define Processes
    • Step 5. Assemble a Toolkit
    • Step 6. Establish Detection Capabilities
    • Step 7. Validate the Process

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