State Department Hack described as “The worst ever”

Following what experts have described as “the worst ever” cyber attack on a federal agency, the State Department (DOS) is soliciting Playbooks from the cyber security industry. The DOS intends to use these Playbooks in order to “put in place robust policies, frameworks, and doctrines to clearly guide both [proactive] cyber operations and response to cyber-attacks”.


Importantly, this announcement is a reflection that, when implementing cyber security protocols, focus must be paid to not only the response to a cyber attack, but also to proactive preparation needed to minimize the chances and impact of such attacks. In their announcement, the DOS stated that the Playbooks will include the “strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations activities encompassing the full range of threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, incident response, resiliency, and recovery policies and activities, including computer network operations, and information assurance, as they relate to the security and stability of the DOS’s infrastructure”.


The idea of having a Playbook that will walk clients through every aspect of preparation and response for a cyber breach is at the heart of Caerleon’s methodology. Unlike others who view preparation and response as two separate calculations, we take the approach that both operate holistically together and are required in order to properly shield our clients from risk. Without preparation and a detailed plan that illustrates what must be done before, during, and after a breach occurs, the cost of a response will increase exponentially.


This is what the Caerleon playbook and our other services provide. Contact us now for more information about our holistic approach to breach preparation and response.