A well-defined and robust incident response plan can dramatically minimize the damage to a company when disaster strikes. A practical incident response approach helps distribute and codify the incident response strategy across the organization.
Here are some reasons why having a NIST incident response plan is imperative.
- Repeatable process - without a robust incident response plan, employees and teams won't be able to respond recurrently or prioritize their time efficiently.
- Prepared for an emergency - security-related incidents occur without any warning. Therefore, it's vital to formulate a plan of action ahead of time.
- Coordination - keeping all the team members updated and on the same page amidst crises in big enterprises can be challenging. Incident response plans can help you achieve this successfully.
- Preserve crucial knowledge - incident response plans ensure best practices and critical knowledge to deal with a crisis aren't forgotten/overlooked over time. Your security team should incorporate lessons learned regularly.
- Expose gaps and bridge them - In mid-sized companies with limited technical maturity and staff, an incident response plan helps you identify apparent gaps in your security tooling or process so that you address them before a crisis.
- Accountability and documentation - An incident response plan with clear documentation minimizes an organization's liability. Documentation enables you to showcase your response process to compliance authorities or auditors.
- Practice, practice, and practice - Incident response plans help you create a repeatable and transparent process, follow up on all incidents, and improve response activities' effectiveness and coordination over time.