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CISA Unveils Government Cyber Security Response Playbooks

In the world of cyber-incident, the organization must respond, mobilize, and execute an appropriate level of response. It is done to limit the damage on the brand, value, service delivery, and public, client, and customer confidence.

Although the nature and technologies employed in each cyber incident vary, similar cyber incident types and approaches can be grouped. It is done to give a suitable and fast response based on the type of cyber incident.

Incident-specific playbooks assist incident management and stakeholders with a systematic strategy to resolving cyber events.

Recently, Cyber security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released two cybersecurity playbooks that focus on incident and vulnerability response.

CISA releases Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks

On November 16, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued updated Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order in May that resulted in the publication of the guides. The executive order aimed to boost the country’s cybersecurity readiness.

The executive order aimed to improve the country’s cybersecurity readiness. The directive ordered the CISA to create the playbooks. That are intended to assist federal civilian agencies in planning and carrying out vulnerability and incident response.

The CISA also claimed that the knowledge in the playbook might be beneficial to critical infrastructure groups and private-sector businesses.

The playbooks provide operational methods for planning and performing cybersecurity incident and vulnerability response actions to federal civilian executive branch (FCEB) entities. The playbooks provide graphical decision trees that walk you through each step of the incident and vulnerability response process.

Playbook As A Tool To Assess Vulnerability

CISA encourages all public and commercial sector partners to evaluate the Playbooks as a tool to assess their vulnerability and incident response processes. We encourage firms to think about how their incident response methods compare to these changing expectations. Senior government officials have stated that they expect companies to follow the government’s lead in strengthening cyber readiness.

CISA Unveils Government Cyber Security Response Playbooks

“The playbooks we’re publishing today are meant to improve and standardize the ways federal agencies employ to identify, fix, and recover from vulnerabilities and incidents affecting their systems,” said Matt Hartman, Deputy Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity.

The Incident Response Playbook applies to occurrences involving confirmed malicious cyber activity. A significant incident has been declared or cannot be excluded. The Vulnerability Response Playbook applies to any vulnerability discovered by adversaries as a means of gaining unauthorized access to computing resources.

This playbook relies on CISA’s Binding Operational Directive 22-01, which standardizes the high-level approach for reacting to these vulnerabilities that represent significant risk across the federal government, corporate, and public sectors.

Final thoughts

CISA intends for these two playbooks to boost cybersecurity response methods and operational processes. Not only for the federal government but also public and private sector enterprises, based on lessons learned from prior crises and incorporating industry best practices.

The playbooks include checklists for incident response, incident response preparation, and vulnerability response that may be customized to fit any organization’s needs.

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