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Chapter 1. What Is Incident Response?

Chapter 1. What Is Incident Response?

All too often, when organizations develop information security programs, they treat security issues as a simple "check-box" on the list of required corporate functions. After giving security its due attention (often times very little), senior executives happily and honestly check the box indicating they've somehow dealt with IT security and then move on to the next issue. Many of these organizations assume that once the security program is established (the box is checked, remember), they are assured of complete security and that -- like hanging a painting on the wall -- once in place it requires little further attention. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

For one thing, there is no such thing as total security. Good security controls keep folks honest and make it so challenging for an adversary to get around such controls that they will give up and move on to an easier target. Security supports business operations and ensures uptime and efficiency of mission-critical systems needed by the business in its daily operations to generate revenue and profit. From that perspective, security is as critical to business operations as the reliability and stability of the company's networks, servers, and phone lines. But what happens when something unexpected happens, or someone manages to get around the established security controls in a manner that threatens business operations, and subsequently revenue and profitability?


  

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