[Superseded by SP 800-61 Rev. 1 (March 2008): http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=51289
] NIST Special Publication 800-61, Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, assists organizations in mitigating the potential business impact of information security incidents by providing practical guidance on responding to a variety of incidents effectively and efficiently. Specifically, this document discusses the following items: 1) establishing a computer security incident response capability, including policy, procedure, and guideline creation; 2) selecting appropriate staff and building and maintaining their skills; 3) emphasizing the importance of incident detection and analysis throughout the organization; 4) maintaining situational awareness during large-scale incidents; and 5) handling incidents from initial preparation through the post-incident lessons learned phase, including specific advice on five common categories of incidents. While the guide is rather technical in nature, all guidance is independent of particular hardware platforms, operating systems, and applications.