Skip to content

Glossary definition: Incident Response Plan

Creating an Incident Response Plan: Proactive Preparation for Security Events

An Incident Response Plan is a set of written instructions that outlines the steps an organization should take when responding to a security incident. It is a comprehensive document that covers all aspects of incident response, from initial detection and analysis to containment, eradication, and recovery. The plan should also include post-incident activities such as reporting, analysis, and follow-up. The plan should be tailored to the organization’s specific needs, and should include policies and procedures for responding to incidents, such as a communications plan, a notification plan, and a process for gathering evidence. The plan should also include roles and responsibilities for staff and resources, both internal and external, that will be involved in the incident response process.