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Plan ahead with Red Canary’s new Incident Response and Preparedness guide

Our new guide explores best practices and core components of effective incident response and includes a downloadable roles and responsibilities matrix to get you started.

Laura Brosnan
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When it comes to defending against modern security threats, we know that every business is unique. However, one commonality contributes greatly to the success of any organization, no matter the size nor industry—incident response (IR) planning.

While some organizations don’t think of their IR strategy until it’s too late, there is power in deliberating over what could happen if adversaries find a way past your controls. “Worst-case scenarios” come to fruition more often than you’d think. So, making sure your organization has a clear and defined understanding of how all internal stakeholders fit into the mix—not just security operators—is the first step toward preparedness and effective IR.

That’s why we created the Red Canary Incident Response & Preparedness Guide. In the guide, we take a closer look at:

Why IR is a business problem

Identifying and defining a plan ahead of time not only increases communication between internal teams and external parties, but it will also decrease your time to recovery so you can refocus on your bottom line.

The basics of IR

Your security operators will be heads down in containment and eradication during an active threat. As such, they likely won’t have time to explain the fundamentals. Understanding the vital components and concepts of IR that you need to know will help you make informed decisions when your business depends on it.

Preparing for a breach

Planning for worst-case scenarios such as ransomware or data breaches will strengthen your overall cybersecurity posture. In addition to adhering to industry-leading guidance, we’ve nailed down suggested criteria for incident severity and escalation paths to help you minimize the guesswork and ready your organization to respond accordingly. We’ve even included a RACI chart for your team to leverage as part of an exercise to test your strategy.




Threats and adversaries are evolving by the second, so make sure your organization is, too. If nothing else, just remember this: When it comes to IR, complacency is your greatest weakness.


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