When it comes to security incident response planning, experience is a great teacher.
One of the most important, and yet easily overlooked, elements of keeping an organization secure is creating an incident recovery roadmap–also known as an incident recovery plan. As its name implies, this plan provides a course of action to be taken following a security incident. Having been involved in the creation of several such plans over the years, I wanted to pass along some lessons learned.
1. Every incident is different.
One thing to keep in mind during the creation of an incident recovery roadmap is that every security incident is different. You wouldn’t respond to a minor malware infection in the same way that you would respond to someone physically breaking into your data center. As such, it is important to create a list of the various types of security incidents that could conceivably occur and develop a plan for coping with each one.