Lessons Lost: Incident Response in the Age of Cyber Insurance and Breach Attorneys

Daniel W. Woods, Rainer Böhme, Josephine Wolff, Daniel Schwarcz

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Incident Response (IR) allows victim firms to detect, contain, and recover from security incidents. It should also help the wider community avoid similar attacks in the future. In pursuit of these goals, technical practitioners are increasingly influenced by stakeholders like cyber insurers and lawyers. This paper explores these impacts via a multi-stage, mixed methods research design that involved 69 expert interviews, data on commercial relationships, and an online validation workshop. The first stage of our study established 11 stylized facts that describe how cyber insurance sends work to a small numbers of IR firms, drives down the fee paid, and appoints lawyers to direct technical investigators. The second stage showed that lawyers when directing incident response often: introduce legalistic contractual and communication steps that slow-down incident response; advise IR practitioners not to write down remediation steps or to produce formal reports; and restrict access to any documents produced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, 2023
PublisherUSENIX Association
ISBN (Electronic)9781939133373
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2023
EventThe 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, 2023 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 202311 Aug 2023
Conference number: 32


SymposiumThe 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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