Incident Response: 3 Easy Traps & How to Avoid Them

Incident Response: 3 Easy Traps & How to Avoid Them
Sage legal advice about navigating a data breach from a troubleshooting cybersecurity outside counsel.

While a serious security incident may be a rare occurrence inside an organization, as a troubleshooting outside counsel, I witness a range of incidents that run the gamut from serious to strange and are often riddled with common pitfalls. It never fails that the event seems to occur at the most inopportune times, such as Christmas Eve or when I'm standing in the middle of the frozen food section of the grocery store (both real-life examples) — the phone rings, and on the other line a client is experiencing their worst day ever. My job is to jump into the mix and begin troubleshooting the legal risks. Here are three traps I frequently see security teams fall into, and how best to navigate them.


Trap 1: Failure to Have a True Incident Response Plan (or ..