Security Incident reports are a way to track and document security-related incidents and failures. It’s also called Critical Incident Handling (C-H). It’s an approach to the management of security incidents that are informed by the principles of data mining, information analysis, security risk management, and expert systems. This form of incident reporting is a systematic process of collecting, organizing, and communicating incident information about security threats, incidents, and security risks.
The goal of the Security Incident Reporting Guidelines is to gather, classify, and document information about security threats, incidents, and security risks. This information is then used to prevent and manage the security risks within an organization. By categorizing incidents into one of three priority levels – Critical, Moderate, or Low – the security team can identify and prioritize issues, thereby providing an effective early warning system. It’s also a step towards preventive maintenance of the infrastructure, systems, devices, and services.
An example of a security incident report would include the following: Network and Computer Incident, wireless Network Intrusion, computer networks, external hacker attack, and intrusion detection systems. The information collected for each report is then entered into a secure electronic database which is shared between all security staff. This process enables information sharing of critical information and helps ensure continuity of operations. The reports also provide an overall security awareness to the network by alerting to potential security threats.
A security team should not divulge any information that may lead to unauthorized access to confidential or sensitive information. They also should report any situation where their security procedures have been violated. The use of audio and video recording equipment is recommended to help track the activity of security personnel in case of an incident.
Critical incidents include data loss, employee sabotage, security compromise, employee theft, and computer or network intrusion. These types of incidents can occur anywhere at anytime. An example of a critical incident might be the use of a credit card for counterfeit cash. A major point to remember is that there is no “right” level of security threat, only a preference.
Information systems or those in the supply chain could be the target of a security threat such as sabotage, or it could be the financial sector, government agencies, or hospitals. The incident report from a distribution center could be a burglary or it could be a flood.
There are many tools that can be used to monitor and improve security within a business. Many companies also use security systems such as those that are available from Dell, HP, IBM, Dell, and Sony. However, these systems have some limitations. For example, they require a technician to install them in the network.
A critical incident report allows users to share the information with management and security personnel to enhance their awareness of the security threats that are taking place at their organization. It provides the organization with a means to recognize current risks and goals for improving security.