Our Mission: We help organizations and national CSIRTs develop, operate, and improve their incident management capabilities.

When computer security incidents occur, organizations must respond quickly and effectively. We support the development of an international response team community by helping organizations develop, operate, and improve incident management capabilities. We have been instrumental in building a network of more than 50 national computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs). We can help enable government and industry organizations to protect themselves from attack and limit the damage and scope of attacks. Learn more about our work.

We develop methods for building security in.

Our Security Quality Requirements Engineering (SQUARE) process, Survivability Analysis Framework, and Building Assured Systems Framework, each help you to build assured systems. We also have tools that adapt the SQUARE process to consider privacy (P-SQUARE) and acquisition (A-SQUARE).

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Publications & Media

Handbook for Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs)
This report offers guidance on forming and operating a CSIRT and helps organizations define and document the nature and scope of a computer security incident handling service, the core service of a CSIRT.

Best Practices for National Cyber Security: Building a National Computer Security Incident Management Capability (Version 2.0)
This report outlines best practices information that interested organizations and governments can use to begin to develop a national incident management capability.

Tackling Security at the National Level: A Resource for Leaders
This blog post describes how business leaders can use national CSIRTs as a key resource when dealing with incidents with national or worldwide scope.

Creating a Computer Security Incident Response Team: A Process for Getting Started
This resource outlines best practices, guidance, and processes for creating a CSIRT.

Action List for Developing a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)
This high-level overview outlines the actions to take and topics to address when planning and implementing a CSIRT.

CSIRT Services
This overview describes the type of services and functions a CSIRT might provide.

Incident Management Capability Metrics
This report outlines an evaluation method and set of benchmarks to assess your CSIRT.

Mission Risk Diagnostic for Incident Management Capabilities (MRD-IMC)
The Mission Risk Diagnostic for Incident Management Capabilities revises the Incident Management Mission Diagnostic Method with updated and expanded drivers.