Are You Ready for a Comprehensive Incident Response Approach?

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Prepare to Enhance Your Security Protocols
May 27, 2020

It takes many facets of security and technology to shore up defenses and lock down networks. Use this checklist to ensure your organization is prepared to invest in a well-rounded incident response plan.

Key Considerations to Implement Effective Organizational Incident Response Capabilities

Do I understand my business risk? Have I identified the types of assets and information that need to be protected?

Defining what the organization’s most valuable assets are and understanding the types of threats the organization faces is imperative.

Have I obtained stakeholder buy-in?

Be sure to obtain executive buy-in from the start so incident response initiatives have approval to move quickly.

Has my organization developed enforceable security policies and communicated them effectively?

Security policies define the organization’s approach to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and data. Security policies need to be developed, communicated and enforced for all users, and will serve as a guide for incident response plan development.

Do I have the right team assembled? Do they understand their responsibilities during an incident?

Define individual roles and responsibilities and establish a chain of command to be used during an incident. Identify staffing and expertise deficiencies and obtain third-party assistance where there are gaps.

Do I have the right tools in place to detect and effectively respond to an incident?

Validate that the proper security solutions are in place to provide the optics necessary for detecting and responding to an incident. Traditionally, these solutions may include endpoint detection and response (EDR) platforms, next-generation anti-virus, and centralized log collection in a security information and event management (SIEM) platform.

Have I developed a formal incident response plan? Have I tested the efficacy of my current incident response plan and processes?

Develop an incident response plan tailored to your organization. Perform assessments to validate the efficacy of organizational incident response capabilities and have a plan to remediate identified gaps.

Discover how CDW can help improve your incident response plan.

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Discover how CDW can help improve your incident response plan.

Contact your account manager, or give us a call.

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