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Incident response guide

The CyberScotland Partnership has produced an Incident Response Guide. It’s to provide advice to businesses on how to handle a cyber-related incident. It’s particularly for small businesses or charities that don’t have in-house incident response.

The document includes longer length advisory pieces on reputation management and legal considerations. It contains checklists and editable documents which centralise the important contacts businesses must speak with when experiencing a cyber incident.

The guide provides companies that have never developed an incident response plan with tools to ready their business for a cyber related incident. The checklists can also ensure those businesses that do have an incident response plan have considered the spectrum of possibilities – from noting energy supplier contact details to clarity around the business’s most valuable assets.

Jude McCorry, pictured, chair of the CyberScotland Partnership, said: “Since we launched the CyberScotland Partnership six months ago, we have focused on providing Scottish businesses with practical advice on how to become more cyber resilient. The Incident Response Guide is an extension of this; we designed it so that business owners and leaders can pick it up and use it straight away.

“It’s no longer an option to create an incident response plan and then leave it to gather dust; with the threat of a cyber attack higher than ever, businesses must be proactive when it comes to protecting themselves. This new guide will ensure they not only understand the benefit of being proactive when it comes to IT security but also ensure that their teams are aware of the role they play too – particularly when welcoming new team members.

The pack also features contributions from the law firm CMS, and Scotland’s first tech PR boutique, Clark.tech.

Businesses can download the pack on the CyberScotland Portal at: https://www.cyberscotland.com/developing-an-incident-response-plan/.


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