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How to Plan and Execute Modern Security Incident Response

Published: 07 April 2016

ID: G00297623

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin


Increased complexity and frequency of attacks, combined with historical overreliance on preventative controls, elevate the need for security incident response. This assessment covers ways of planning and executing incident response in the modern era of cybercrime, APT and evolving IT environments.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Security Incident Response
  • Security Incident Response Priority Today
  • Organize for Security Incident Response
    • Define Security Incidents
    • Define Security Incident Response Function
    • Understand Security Incident Response and Compliance
  • The People Side of Security Incident Response
    • Today's CSIRTs Are Different
    • External IR Help
  • Tooling Up for IR
    • IR Tool Taxonomy
    • Organizationwide Security Incident Response Management
    • Security IR Platforms (SIRP)
    • SIEM/Log Management for IR
    • NFTs for IR
    • EDR for IR
    • Computer Forensics Tools for IR
    • Threat Intelligence and IR
  • IR Processes and Planning Activities
    • Planning for Security Incident Response
  • Responding to Incidents
    • Focus on Detecting Better and Faster
    • Incident Remediation
  • IR Reporting and Metrics
    • Incident Response Maturity
  • Trends Affecting Security Incident Response and the Future of IR
    • That Attribution Question
    • Future of IR
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Basic IR Capability Definition
  • Planning and Organization of IR
  • IR Trends and Future-Readiness
  • Field Success Tips
  • IR Team and People Focus
  • Mature Your IR

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