Incident response playbooks

You need to respond quickly to detected security attacks to contain and remediate its damage. As new widespread cyberattacks happen, such as Nobellium and the Exchange Server vulnerability, Microsoft will respond with detailed incident response guidance.

You also need detailed guidance for common attack methods that malicious users employ every day. To address this need, use the incident response playbooks for these types of attacks:

Each playbook includes:

  • Prerequisites: The specific requirements you need to complete before starting the investigation. For example, logging that should be turned on and roles and permissions that are required.
  • Workflow: The logical flow that you should follow to perform the investigation.
  • Checklist: A list of tasks for the steps in the flow chart. This checklist can be helpful in highly regulated environments to verify what you have done.
  • Investigation steps: Detailed step-by-step guidance for the specific investigation.

Also see Microsoft’s DART ransomware approach and best practices for information on how the Detection and Response Team (DART) at Microsoft deals with ransomware attacks.

Incident response resources