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State methods for a cyber incident

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Authors
Mulligan, Michael R.
Subjects
Cyber Incident Response Plan
State Information Security Officer
Cyberspace
Cybersecurity
Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
Advisors
Bergin, Richard
Lewis, Ted
Date of Issue
2012-03
Date
March 2012
Publisher
Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The National Cyber Incident Response Plan stipulates the state homeland security advisor as the contact point for a significant cyber incident. But this may not be the most effective method of response because the state homeland security advisors are not domain experts for cyberspace. A questionnaire was sent to state chief information officers and/or state chief information security officers to determine current capability and procedures for responding to a national cybersecurity incident. Nineteen states replied with 227 responses relating to information sharing between states and the federal government; use of established cybersecurity event and response definitions, coordination and control mechanisms, and terms; use of risk-based approaches to cyber incident planning, including remediation based on workflows and procedures; establishment of thresholds when predefined boundaries are crossed; and instigation of varying courses of action. As a result of the survey, the author recommends increasing knowledge and information flow between state and federal agencies regarding national cyber incidents; the establishment of regional cybersecurity hubs throughout the nation; and the creation of a national cyber incident teleconferencing network and prearranged protocols for situational awareness and communication of courses of action following a cybersecurity incident.
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National Security Affairs
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xx, 125 p. :|bill. ;|c28 cm.
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