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Incident Response & Preparedness Guide

Timing and response plans could mean the difference between an attempted cyber attack or full-blown compromise. This guide arms security leaders with the template for a modern and effective incident response plan.

When adversaries come knocking, you’ll be ready

This playbook is field-tested for security leaders. In fact, we used the same framework to build Red Canary’s response capability.

  • Know where other organizations stand with insights and benchmarks
  • Discover best practices and the core components of an effective program
  • Define roles and responsibilities for your team with a downloadable RACI guide
  • Develop a more mature incident response plan with actionable steps
  • Connect to definitive industry resources on incident management
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A handbook for leaders, based on our time in the trenches


incident response engagements fueled the insights this guide

7 years

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


security leaders across industries informed the findings


Incident management is an often-debated, frequently misunderstood topic that can quickly befuddle even the most advanced security teams. So to clear things up, we chose not to focus on what we think is right, but rather on what we know has worked for Red Canary and our customers.

This guide is based on “lessons learned” from successes and failures over the years. And while it may not answer every question you may have about modern incident response, we hope that it sets the wheels in motion for something better than what you have today.

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