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Final version of updated NIST Computer Security Incident Handling Guide now available

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of its updated guide to managing computer security incidents. The ‘Computer Security Incident Handling Guide’ is based on best practices from government, academic and business organizations, this updated version includes a new section expanding on the important practice of coordination and information sharing.

The revised NIST guide provides step-by-step instructions for new, or well-established, incident response teams to create a proper policy and plan. NIST recommends that each plan should have a mission statement, strategies and goals, an organizational approach to incident response, metrics for measuring the response capability, and a built-in process for updating the plan as needed. The guide recommends reviewing each incident afterward to prepare for future attacks and to provide stronger protections of systems and data.

The Computer Security Incident Handling Guide (NIST Special Publication 800-61, Rev. 2) is available at www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=911736

•Date: 9th August 2012 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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