Incident Response Checklist

Having a cybersecurity incident in your company can be like being in a building on fire. Take a look at the following checklist (note, this is not an incident response plan!) while keeping in mind that over half of the items on that checklist should be performed almost simultaneously within hours of learning that your company has had a cybersecurity incident.

While this is not an exhaustive list, these are the items that most often need to be performed in the cases in which I guide clients through the incident response and remediation process. Of course, there will be exceptions, additions, and omissions — take this for what it is, a starting point. Finally, note that the picture below is an image of the checklist and is blurry — you can download the original here.

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Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a business lawyer with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.