Gartner Research

Security Incident Response in the Age of APT

Published: 25 September 2013

ID: G00252840

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Increased complexity and frequency of attacks, combined with reduced effectiveness of preventative controls, elevate the need for enterprise-scale security incident response. This assessment covers ways of executing incident response in the modern era of cybercrime, APT and evolving IT environments.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Security Incident Response Priority Today
  • Trends Affecting Security Incident Response
  • Organize for Security Incident Response
    • Defining Security Incidents
    • Incident Definition Examples
    • Define Enterprise Security Incident Response
    • Understand Security Incident Response and Compliance
    • "Peopling" Up for IR
    • Tooling Up for IR
  • IR Processes and Planning Essentials
    • Planning for Security Incident Response
  • Detect Security Incidents
    • IR and Monitoring
    • Next-Generation Detection Equals Discovery
    • Baselining for Detection
    • IR and Intelligence
    • APT IR: Detection
  • Investigate and Remediate Security Incidents
    • Continuous Incident Investigation
    • Incident Remediation
    • APT IR: Remediation and Containment
  • Strategic Remediation and Lessons Learned
    • Postmortem
    • That Attribution Question
    • Incident Response Maturity
  • Future of IR
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

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  • Notes

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