Capabilities and Skill Configurations of Information Security Incident Responders

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2017-01-04
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McLaughlin, Mark-David
DArcy, John
Cram, W. Alec
Gogan, Janis
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This paper identifies skill sets that contribute to effective InfoSec incident response. Even though many organizations have staff dedicated to InfoSec incident response teams, there is a lack of consensus as to the skill set each team member needs to effectively perform his/her job, and general and specialized skills that need to be represented in incident response teams (but usually not all held by each team member). Previous guidance was offered based on non-empirical methods. In this study, we used the Repertory Grid (RepGrid) method to elicit lists of incident response skills from industry experts. Skill archetypes were then identified by clustering incident responders who share similar characteristics. The findings extend the Theory of Resource Complements and provide managers with practical guidance regarding the skill sets most critical to the incident response role.
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Incident Response, Information Security, Repertory Grid, Resource Based View, Theory of Resource Complements
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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