Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

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Security Improvement Module

Responding to Intrusions

  • Abstract

    These practices are intended primarily for system and network administrators, managers of information systems, and security personnel responsible for networked information resources. These practices are applicable to your organization if your networked systems infrastructure includes host systems providing services to multiple users (file servers, timesharing systems, database servers, Internet servers, etc.) local-area or wide-area networks direct connections, gateways, or modem access to and from external networks, such as the Internet We recommend that you read all of the practices in this module before taking any action. To successfully implement the practices, it is important that you understand the overall context and relationships among them. For instance, once you read the practices in the Handle category, it is easier to understand the Practices in the Prepare category (see the Summary of recommended practices table). If you are dealing with an intrusion, you may want to skip the first two preparatory practices and move immediately to Practice 3, Analyze all information necessary to characterize an intrusion. Once you have completed your response and recovery process, we recommend that you review and implement the preparatory practices.

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