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CISA Releases Cybersecurity Playbooks for Incident and Vulnerability Response for Federal Agencies

On Tuesday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Federal Government Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response playbooks in accordance with President Biden’s Cyber Executive Order 14028 “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity”. These playbooks provide Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies with a standard set of procedures to identify, coordinate, remediate, recover, and track successful mitigations from incidents and vulnerabilities affecting FCEB systems, data, and networks.

The playbooks outline several standardized processes and procedures, including checklists for incident response, incident response preparation guides, and vulnerability response procedures that can be adapted to any organization to track necessary activities to completion. These standardized processes also improve facilitation and coordination among affected organizations.

Analyst Notes

Per the CISA recommendations, it is encouraged that both public and private sector organizations review the playbooks and compare them to their vulnerability and incident response procedures. The playbooks provide checklists that organizations could implement as a guide for overall improved security.