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Computer Security Incident Handling Guide



Paul R. Cichonski, Thomas Millar, Timothy Grance, Karen Scarfone


Computer security incident response has become an important component of information technology (IT) programs. Security-related threats have become not only more numerous and diverse but also more damaging and disruptive. An incident response capability is necessary for rapidly detecting incidents, minimizing loss and destruction, mitigating the weaknesses that were exploited, and restoring computing services. This publication assists organizations in establishing computer security incident response capabilities and handling incidents efficiently and effectively. Topics covered include organizing a computer security incident response capability, handling incidents from initial preparation through the post-incident lessons learned phase, and handling specific types of incidents. [Supersedes SP 800-61 Rev. 1 (March 2008): publication-search.cfm?pub_id=51289]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-61 Rev 2
Report Number
800-61 Rev 2


computer security incident, incident handling, incident response, threats, vulnerabilities


Cichonski, P. , Millar, T. , Grance, T. and Scarfone, K. (2012), Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created August 6, 2012, Updated May 4, 2021