Doug Bedell — June 16, 2021, 10:33 am

Security Incident Reports for Safe Keeping

When a security breach occurs, describing it accurately and preserving a record of it are vital. That, note John Cowling and Dr. Steve Albrect on, is the function of a security incident report.

“Let’s start by defining the ‘professional security incident report’ as ‘a document created by an investigative process that captures the scene of a security incident; that serves as a company or agency historical record; and that accurately describes the facts, identifies evidence, any victims, witnesses, and the actual or suspected participants.’ It should include their actions and statements, to support a possible prosecution, a human resources response, or to demonstrate the need for security improvements, process improvements, or policy changes.

“Security Incident Reports (SIRs) have legal, historical, evidential, and statistical importance. They help security departments and/or security managers or investigators prove or disprove what happened at a specific time and place.”

So recognize that writing an incident report is a skill that should not be taken lightly.

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