Once that inevitable breach does occur, turn the negative situation into a positive learning experience and rework your incident response plan. It'll undoubtedly need a refresh. Remove what wasn't needed, update what didn't work and add what you forgot about. An incident response plan, like your resume, is constantly changing and is an evolving work of art. Put extra effort toward updating and maintaining the former so you can better react to security breaches and not have to worry about working on the latter afterwards!
Plan for a security breach, step by step
Step 1: Define what "breach" means to your business
Step 2: Don't overlook critical network infrastructure systems
Step 3: Know who to contact and have that information available
Step 4: Develop a simple yet methodical set of response steps
Step 5: Get input from others affected by a security breach
Step 6: Keep your momentum going
About the author: Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, speaker and expert witness with Atlanta-based Principle Logic LLC. He has more than 19 years of experience in IT and specializes in performing information security assessments revolving around compliance and IT governance. Kevin has authored/co-authored six books on information security including Hacking For Dummies and Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies (Wiley) as well asThe Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance (Auerbach). He's also the creator of the Security On Wheels audiobook series. You can reach Kevin at [email protected]>.