This three-day course provides current and future managers of computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) with a pragmatic view of the issues that they will face in operating an effective team.
The course provides insight into the work that CSIRT staff may be expected to handle. The course also provides prospective or current managers with an overview of the incident handling process and the types of tools and infrastructure needed to be effective.
Technical issues are discussed from a management perspective. Topics include hiring CSIRT staff, identifying critical information, publishing information, establishing effective working relationships, working with law enforcement, evaluating CSIRT operations, building CSIRT service capacity, and the importance of pre-established policies and procedures.
The course incorporates interactive instruction, exercises, and role playing. During a simulated incident, attendees will gain experience with the type of decisions they might face on a regular basis.
Before attending this course, participants are encouraged to attend the companion course, Creating a Computer Security Incident Response Team. This course is offered the day before the Managing CSIRTs course.
Note: There is some content overlap between the Managing CSIRTs course and the Fundamentals of Incident Handling course. We recommend that attendees register for one course or the other, but not both. The Managing CSIRTs course focuses on incident handling issues from an operational management perspective and discusses best practices in sustaining an effective operation. The Fundamentals of Incident Handling course covers more technical topics such as email and malware attacks. The Fundamentals of Incident Handling course is designed to introduce new incident handlers to the basic skills and processes they will need to perform incident handling work.
There are no prerequisites for this course; however, prospective attendees may wish to consider attending the Creating a CSIRT one-day class (usually scheduled the day before the Managing CSIRTs course).
Participants will receive a course notebook and a CD containing the course materials.
This three-day course meets at the following times:
Days 1-3, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Course Fees [USD]
U.S. Industry: $1750
U.S. Government/Academic: $1400
This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.