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Tis the season for security and IT teams to send out that company-wide email: “No, our CEO does NOT want you to buy gift cards.”

As much of the workforce signs off for the holidays, hackers are stepping up their game. We’ll no doubt see an increase in activity as hackers continue to unleash e-commerce scams and holiday-themed phishing attacks. Hackers love to use these tactics to trick end users into compromising not only their personal data but also their organization’s data.

But that doesn’t mean you should spend the next couple of weeks in a constant state of anxiety.

Instead, use this moment as an opportunity to ensure that your incident response (IR) plan is rock solid.

Where to start?

First, make sure that your strategy follows the six steps to complete incident response.

Here’s a refresher:

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