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Ignition Guide to Developing a Security Incident Response Plan

Published: 28 March 2016

ID: G00339030

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you categorize and prioritize security incidents, formalize incident response process steps, prepare communication channels, implement continuous improvement measures, and track incident response performance over time.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 5: Lay the Groundwork for an Incident Response Plan

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 5: Prepare a Strategy to Identify and Categorize Incidents


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 5: Document and Formalize Processes to Contain, Eradicate, and Recover from Incidents


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 5: Define Post-Incident Activities to Ensure Continuous Security Improvement


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 5: Monitor Performance Over Time

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

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