Heartbleed is the nickname of a dangerous OpenSSL vulnerability that was just announced. A security update was already available before the announcement, and this is definitely a vulnerability where quickly patching makes a big difference. A fast response matters here because malware wasn’t in the wild yet, so many sites likely can prevent any negative consequences with quick action.
The necessity for rapid response to vulnerabilities illustrates why you should have an incident response procedure in place. An incident response procedure allows for a measured, planned response to a security incident like this one. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of putting together an incident response plan, mostly based on NIST’s incident response process.