Incident Response Plan Roles and Responsibilities

Incident Response Plan Roles and Responsibilities

In writing your plan, make sure to detail your incident response plan roles and responsibilities. How can you make sure you are not missing anything? 

Here is a guide in how you should detail the incident response plan roles and responsibilities in your plan.

Incident Response Plan Roles and Responsibilities

Several documents should be in the plan; however, if you do not have enough information on these, then you can refer to them later. The Incident Response Plan should provide your team members with general guidelines on how to handle an incident. This way, you will have their support when executing it.

The ISO 27001 standard recommends that all organizations establish an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Which is a documentation in the form of an Information Security Policy. 

The Policy describes how your organization aims to protect information assets and also provides the framework for establishing the procedures that support that protection. Policy documents should be at a high level. For instance, describing what is necessary rather than providing specific technical instructions for implementation. 

They should also include any definitions of terms used within the document and any other supporting documentation such as templates or checklists. It is best to review policies at least annually and after any significant change to a system.

Information Security Management Policy 

This policy is a set of guidelines that aims at safeguarding the information assets of the company. For example, by enforcing good information security practices. It defines as the sensitive data and what is considered non-sensitive data. As well as what are permissible means of dealing with each of these types of data. 

The policy outlines all employees’ roles and responsibilities in ensuring compliance with this policy as well as those who oversee this compliance. A copy of this document will provide employees with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Moreover, in ensuring the company’s information security policies are at pace to and everyone working in a company will be aware of the consequences if they fail to follow the set policies. 

It will also provide a list of sanctions that you can take against anyone who fails to comply with these rules. Including disciplinary action, penalty, or termination from employment depending upon the severity of breach/failure to comply with this policy.

A copy of this document must be kept by all employees for reference purposes so they know exactly what they need to do for them not to breach any rules or regulations or commit any offense under this policy.

Information Security Policy 

This policy provides technical guidelines for implementing security measures and controls on various network devices (routers, firewalls, etc.) and applications (Web servers, mail servers, etc.) as well as physical security measures. This document should be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in technology and best practices. 

Thus, it is best that each in the team knows their part in the incident response plan, what the plan is all about, and the policy guiding the whole plan. By doing so, better execution is possible.

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