CISM: Domain 4 - Module 1


This CISM domain covers information security incident management and how security incident response, business continuity planning, and disaster recovery planning can be used together to respond to security breaches.

We look at the importance of goals and how to use them so that in a crisis, you already know how to react. We then look at the roles and responsibilities that should be assigned within an organization for handling incidents. Finally, we look at the policies, standards, and procedures that are going to be used in this process of responding to a security incident.

Learning Objectives

  • Obtain a solid understanding of security incident management
  • Set goals for responding to incidents
  • Understand the additional resources that help for managing incidents

Intended Audience

This lesson is intended for anyone preparing for the Certified Information Security Management exam or anyone who is simply interested in improving their knowledge of information security governance.


Before taking this lesson, we recommend taking the CISM Foundations course first.

About the Author
Learning paths

Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years.  He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant.  His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International.  A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Upon attaining his CISSP license in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004.   During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide.  He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified nearly 8500 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2500 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004.  Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.

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