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Executive Summary: Incident Response & Readiness

Key takeaways from Red Canary’s Incident Response and Readiness Guide

What security leadership needs to know right now

This succinct and actionable brief is thoughtfully curated to help security leaders ensure that cybersecurity incidents large and small can be handled efficiently and effectively, eventually becoming a source of learning to drive continuous improvement and reduce risk.

Written for CISOs and enterprise security leaders, this incident response executive summary highlights the key takeaways from what we know has worked for Red Canary and our customers, including:

  • Benchmarks, best practices, key roles, and resources – Lock in the building blocks of enterprise incident response
  • Readiness actions – Get a jumpstart on developing a preparedness plan for your team
  • New guidance on cloud incident response – Understand the challenges of building cloud threat response strategies

A handbook for leaders, based on our time in the trenches


incident response engagements fueled the insights this guide

9 years

in the making—Red Canary has deep experience in security operations


security leaders across industries informed the findings


Why This Brief and Why Now?

Incident management is an often-debated, frequently misunderstood topic that can quickly befuddle even the most advanced security teams. This TL;DR version of our full guide is intended to summarize our “lessons learned” from successes and failures over the years.

While this brief is yours to do with as you wish, we recommend sharing the full Incident Response & Readiness Guide with your team and discuss how the ideas, recommendations, and priorities compare to your current program.

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Essential Incident Response Resources

This summary empowers modern enterprises to efficiently handle cybersecurity incidents of all sizes through effective preparation and training. Explore our additional resources to enhance your readiness today.

Real Estate Cybersecurity Case Study

Incident Response Case Study

This S&P 500 company understood that in order to mature their IR program, they needed a partner capable of outputting high-fidelity detections to find more threats and weed out the noise.

Ready, Detect, Respond: Building confidence in your defenses

Ready, Detect, Respond: Building confidence in your defenses

In this on-demand webinar one of Red Canary’s co-founders breaks down the concept of security readiness and what it means for security teams to be prepared when it comes time to respond to threats, framed by a harrowing real-life scenario.

IR&R Guide

Incident Response & Readiness Guide

Want more thorough guidance on the best way to be ready and stay ready for when the inevitable occurs? Download our full-length Incident Response & Readiness Guide.

Putting it into practice

Our team has developed a fully customizable Incident Response RACI matrix to help you visualize and manage the delegation of responsibilities as they relate to SEV-1 or SEV-2 incidents.

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