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Six Decisions You Must Make to Prepare for a Security Incident

Published: 04 December 2014

ID: G00265405

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan


Preparing for security incidents is critical, especially in complex, distributed organizations. Gartner has identified six key decision factors that CISOs must take into account when developing plans to reduce the risk of security incidents and mitigate the damage they cause.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Why CISOs Should Care About Security Incident Preparations


  • Decision 1: Identify Security Incident Stakeholders — and Their Expectations
  • Decision 2: Establish the Organization's Incident Response Priorities
  • Decision 3: Decide Who Will Execute the Frontline Response
  • Decision 4: Define and Prioritize Security Incidents and Other Occurrences
    • Event
    • Incident
    • Crisis
  • Decision 5: Determine How the Response Team Will Be Empowered
  • Decision 6: Define the Operating Model for the Response

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