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RESPONDING TO FUTURE CYBER ATTACKS WITH INCIDENT RESPONSE

The government faces hundreds of thousands of attempted data breaches each year, and as we've seen in the recent headlines, sometimes the hackers get in. Even as agencies shore up their cyber security vulnerabilities patching software, adopting multifactor authentication and reducing insider threat risks they must be ready to respond when breaches occur. A proper incident response plan can be the difference between catastrophic damage from compromised or stolen data and a hacker simply getting in the front door without fruitful results. Incident response plans aren’t just technical responses, either. They need to include avenues for communicating and sharing threat information with other parties.