Assignment 2: Incident Response (IR) Revamp
Due Week 4 and worth 75 points

Imagine you have just taken over the manager position for your organization’s incident response team, after coming from another division in the company. Your first realization is that proper procedures, best practices, and sound technologies are not being utilized. You decide to revamp the team’s efforts.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

Explicate the main efforts that would be included in the incident response efforts, including but not limited to personnel and team structure, tools and utilities, and proper procedures.
Discuss in detail the role that an IDS / IPS would play in the IR efforts, and explain how these systems can assist in the event notification, determination, and escalation processes.
Explain how the NIST SP800-61, Rev. 1 could assist the personnel in classifying incidents so each is identified appropriately and the proper incident-handling procedures are taken.
Explain how the use of log management systems (e.g., Splunk) could be a legitimate and useful component of the IR efforts, and describe the potential issues that could arise if not utilized.5.Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Summarize the various types of disasters, response and recovery methods.
Describe detection and decision-making capabilities in incident response.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in disaster recovery.
Write clearly and concisely about disaster recovery topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.


“Forming the CSIRT” Please respond to the following:

Determine what you believe are the top two considerations that should be addressed when forming the CSIRT in terms of skills, abilities, procedures, training, deployment, etc.
Explain what you believe to be the most critical flaw or failure when it comes to CSIRT organization and preparation. Suggest ways management can avoid this pitfall altogether.


“Team Communication…Tested!” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, explain in your own words the purpose of the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) exercises regarding team communication, and determine whether or not you believe this type of testing and analysis is a beneficial use of resources. Justify your answer.
Based on the testing and analysis described in the e-Activity, indicate the two most important things that you believe are needed in order for cross-team communication to be successful when dealing with potential widespread incidents.

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