Seventy percent of businesses reported security breaches in 2000, and the rate is on the rise. Is your organization ready to respond to such an incident head-on? Will you be able to tell whether an incident is an attack or a glitch in the system? Do you know how to assess the possible damage from an incident? Incident Response shows you how to answer questions like these and create a plan for exactly what to do before, during, and after an incident.
The authors of Incident Response draw on years of experience developing and taking part in incident response teams at the highest levels of government and business. They guide you through both the technical and administrative details of effective incident response planning as they describe:
What incident response is, and the problems of distinguishing real risk from perceived risk
The different types of incident response teams, and advantages and disadvantages of each
Planning and establishing an incident response team
State of the Hack® information about different types of attacks
Recommendations and details about available tools for incident response teams
Resources available to incident response teams
Whatever your organization's size or purpose, Incident Response shows how to put in place an incident-response process that's as planned, efficient, and businesslike as any other IT operation in a mature organization. Incidents happen, and being able to respond to them effectively makes good business sense.
Chapter 1 What Is Incident Response?
What Is an Incident?
About the Bad Guys
What Is Incident Response?
Risk Assessment and Incident Response
Development of Incident Response Efforts
Are You Ready? Are You Willing?
Chapter 2 Incident Response Teams
Who Should Do It?
Public Resource Teams
Ad Hoc Teams
Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)
Kenneth R. van Wyk is an internationally recognized information security expert and author of the O'Reilly Media books, Incident Response and Secure Coding. In addition to providing consulting and training services through his company, KRvW Associates, LLC, he currently holds numerous positions: as a monthly columnist for on-line security portal, eSecurityPlanet, and a Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.
Ken has 20+ years experience as an IT Security practitioner in the academic, military, and commercial sectors. He has held senior and executive technologist positions at Tekmark, Para-Protect, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), in addition to the U.S. Department of Defense and Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh Universities.
Ken also served a two-year elected position as a member of the Steering Committee, and a one-year elected position as the Chairman of the Steering Committee, for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) organization. At the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Ken was one of the founders of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT®). He holds an engineering degree from Lehigh University and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, and has presented papers and speeches for CSI, ISF, USENIX, FIRST, AusCERT, and others. Ken is also a CERT® Certified Computer Security Incident Handler.
Richard Forno is a recognized security professional and coauthor of The Art of Information Warfare. He has held high-profile security positions at major companies and government organizations; he helped establish the first incident response team for the United States House of Representatives and provided advisory support to offices of the Department of Defense on information warfare. He is the cofounder of G2-Forward, a prominent information analysis and distribution service supporting the military intelligence and law enforcement communities. In 1998, he became the chief security officer for Network Solutions (the InterNIC), the company responsible for developing and operating the Internet Shared Registry System.
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