Rapid Reaction: What is a security incident?

This is the second article in a series that aim to help organisations build and maintain their information security incident management and response capability.

In the previous article I introduced the issue of the general deficiency of effective incident management and response processes in many organisations. But what is a security incident? The short answer is: it depends! It is up to each organisation to define what kinds of events it determines to be a security incident.

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Rapid Reaction: A Series on Incident Management and Response

This is the first in a series of articles that aim to help organisations build and maintain their information security incident management and response capability.

With the exception of a few organisations, it seems that the effort put into establishing an information security incident management and response capability is limited to developing a documented process. Most do the bare minimum required to tick the “has an incident response process” box, with little to no regard about how effective the process is. That’s why very few organisations actually detect information security (or cyber security if you prefer) incidents in a timely manner, and fewer still are able to handle and resolve them in an efficient and effect way to minimise the impact.
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There is still only one way to eliminate risk

This is not a new post, I originally wrote and published it nearly six years ago. However, based on a number of discussions I have been party to over the last few weeks, not much has changed since it was published so I thought I would repost it as a prologue for a new series of blog posts about risk, risk assessment and risk management.

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