“The creation of an incident response plan is a major step towards moving a company’s IT function to the next level of maturity”

An incident response plan is created to document the steps required by the internal IT team to address any type of security incident/outage/breach that could occur and negatively impact the company or the internal systems environment.

The creation of an incident response plan takes more effort than some consider as it requires step-by-step details of how to address every type of incident. Creation of the incident response plan is only the first step. In order to keep the incident response plan current and effective, it must be tested on an annual basis. While there are many different types of incident response plan testing, the best type is to hold a mock incident/disaster with the response team without warning. With that type of test, you will get the best understanding of how prepared the internal incident response team is, if an incident should occur.

At Equantiis, our Consultants have years of experience working with clients to generate, update, and test incident response plans depending on client need. For clients without a plan, the Consultant will come onsite and hold interviews with IT personnel to fully understand all the processes involved in incident management. Once this is completed, the consultant will work with your management teams to make any necessary changes and start to create a test plan.

The creation and maintenance of a fully detailed incident response plan would help you to document all steps needed to address, mitigate and contain an actual incident should one occur. By testing your plan annually, you will ensure that your plan stays current and effective, and in keeping your team involved in the process, they will be aware of how the plan works and stay in tune with the individual roles needed to carry it out should an incident occur.

Paul Forrest
There are two types of organisations, those who have been breached and those who are yet to realise they have been. Be sure to have a plan in place.