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Top 3 Incident Response Checklists for Your Business

In today’s ever-evolving world of technology, data breaches have become a reality for some unfortunate companies. Successful hacking and any loss of company data that goes with it are top concerns for all the top companies. While it is important to be up-to-date with the latest technologies, it’s just as crucial to be ready to handle any form of security breach in your business. The best way to handle any of these incidents is with incident response checklists.

Today’s IT teams are armed with incident response checklists which result in better prepared actions to execute a fast response if a breach of security happens. Here we have identified the top 3 incident response checklists that any IT team or representative in charge at your business should have ready.

1. Emergency Contact Communications
A proper communication plan will ensure that everyone on the incident response team knows who to contact, when it’s appropriate to contact each individual and for exactly what reason. The checklist should also have what information to convey to those individuals, based on specific information that they require. The communication list should outline the employees who can help get critical systems back online for your business.

2. System Backup and Recovery
Every system should have its own checklist of tasks based on its distinct configurations and operating systems. It’s essential to document in the list the time it will take for each step required to restore operations and also to test and document, in advance, the full system backup and full system recovery process.

3. The ‘Jump Bag’
A checklist with each team member keeping a “jump bag” of important tools in hand is highly beneficial. In the occurrence of an unfortunate security breach, this will enable individuals to initiate a “grab and go” response at any time they need. The checklist should have all the tools required for a rapid and quick response which would include USB drives, up-to-date anti-malware applications, Forensic Toolkits, network cables and even hard drive duplicators.

With these three checklists in mind, you and your company should be ready to roll once any unforeseen breaches in data or security enter your company. Using these highly recommended checklists will make you become better prepared for future troubles tomorrow.