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Businesses all over the world have learned the importance of being prepared for the unexpected in the past year. The difference between those who sail through their issues and those who allow them to seriously affect the institution is how they handle the unexpected. Establishing an effective incident response programme is the first step towards being prepared.

Why is incident response necessary?

A human-induced threat (active assailant, terrorist attack, cyber compromise), a hybrid situation (pandemic, fire, power outage, industrial or transportation disaster), or a natural disaster, incident response is an organization’s systematic approach to managing an event or occurrence that may have a significant impact on operations (floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, pandemics). The fundamental issue for firms is that minor mishaps might evolve into crises, resulting in an event that has or will have a disastrous impact on operations. People are normally protected, assets and operations are minimised, recovery expenses are managed, and activities are resumed as soon as practicable.

One of the objectives of an incident response plan is to avoid or reduce the danger of a crisis developing. A well-executed strategy lays out duties and responsibilities and advises employees and business owners on how to protect people, assets, the environment, and the company’s reputation immediately. When you plan for the worst from the start, you’re more likely to get what you want. An efficient incident response programme should be simple and precise in order to obtain the best results. Anyone reading the plan should be able to figure out what needs to be done and who should accomplish it promptly. Then we use the tools that are available to us in the application.

Preparation, preparation, preparation!

After developing an incident response programme, an organisation must be ready to put it into action. “Practice makes perfect,” as the adage says. Time is of importance during an emergency. Having a well-practised plan allows organisations to react fast and save resources by limiting future harm or interruption. Preparedness is at the heart of a lot of incident response efforts. Preparing for an incident allows organisations to respond more quickly and frequently reduces the expenses associated with an occurrence.

Incidents come in a variety of sizes and shapes. While the pandemic taught us that an unanticipated incident can quickly escalate into a crisis, we also learnt that an incident can remain confined and not escalate to the level of a crisis. For example, a frustrated client might assault a small firm because of facemask regulations. Small firms, on the other hand, must be prepared for considerably larger events. As a result, security experts advise organisations to concentrate on prevention and readiness as the best method to secure organisational resilience.

Organizations can greatly benefit from early detection when it comes to preventing big incidents. Certain phenomena, such as major weather events that can be predicted, lend themselves to early detection. Cyber breaches, on the other hand, can be more difficult to detect. To put things in perspective, it takes an average of 200 days to notice a data breach. One of the most common blunders made by companies is assuming their networks are safe. As technology has progressed, so has the necessity for security infrastructure to secure company assets.

When developing an incident response programme, it’s important to bear in mind that ageing hardware and software in corporate networks might disclose vulnerabilities, so make sure you have a plan in place to maintain these safeguards up to current. While we seek early detection, having a credible response plan in place after an incident occurs will reduce the damage, expenses, and recovery time for the business, all of which are vital to the organization’s success.

The critical aspects of an incident response program

When developing a meaningful response programme, there are a few key considerations to bear in mind. Each one is vital to a strategy’s ultimate success.

Preparation and Training are key to effective incident response. This includes putting together an incident response plan that outlines roles, duties, and authority, as well as performing tabletop drills with key team members and executives.

Security event detection, reporting, and documentation will assist management in identifying potential security incidents that must be reported.

Pre-Selecting Third-Party Service Providers needed to respond to an incident to avoid taking valuable time and resources from the response effort. This includes lawyers, public relations/crisis communications firms, digital forensics/incident response professionals, etc.

Communication with both internal and external parties should be included in the plan, as well as information sharing and law enforcement liaison processes.

Analysis of collected data and trigger points can minimize the breach or intrusion.

Containment and Neutralization of an incident may be the difference between having a profitable year or sustaining major losses.

Post-Incident Activity Reviews will identify breakdowns in the plan, existing safeguards, or procedures. Lessons learned are an important step to preventing repeat incidents.

Containment and Neutralization of an incident may be the difference between having a profitable year or sustaining major losses.

Post-Incident Activity Reviews will identify breakdowns in the plan, existing safeguards, or procedures. Lessons learned are an important step to preventing repeat incidents.

At least once a year, the plan should be reviewed and re-evaluated to ensure that it is still relevant. The keys to a well-crafted strategy include having these vital functions in place within an organization’s incident response plan. By correctly implementing them, a company can swiftly and effectively recognise any possible event and take action before it has negative implications.

We often emphasise the issue of foreseeability in the security business. An organisation that has previously experienced a large incident or crisis faces a foreseeability difficulty in that if a similar situation arises due to a lack of effective measures, it may be more vulnerable to significant losses. Having a plan in place is often the best preventative measure. While you may not have a sixth sense of impending events, you may take great measures to avoid them. Preparation is the best form of prevention.


Incident reporting is not one of the favourite tasks on the security guard’s list of duties. A security guard duty comes with a lot of responsibilities and writing an accurate incident report is one of them. An incident report serves as a useful piece of document in a court of law, so it needs to cover everything in detail.

Shergroup has been in the security industry for around 15 years now, we’ve seen, managed and secured a lot of properties with our security services. Security guarding is one of our prime services where we provide professionally trained and experienced security guards services when you need guarding for your site.

We start with risk assessment for your site determining the security needs and preparing or updating your current security plan.

Our operations staff carefully picks the guards who are appropriate for your site based on your directions. Before the deployment of guards on our App, officers receive site-specific training so that they may record all their observations and patrol log details in a database. Our clients can access this database, which contains all the specific information down to individual occurrences and patrol stops. Our client receives information via email every day at their preferred time. We also develop Site Summaries of data using this data to demonstrate that we have followed the site guidelines to a tee (or as close to a tee as we can get).

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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