What Exactly Is an Incident Commander, Anyway – Matt Linton – PSW #716
You may have seen the term "Incident Commander" in discussions about incident response, but do you know where that term came from and what it means? How can professionalizing your incident response using proven disaster management methodology up your game? Matt Linton is an experienced Emergency Responder and USA Region lead of Google's Security Response team. For the past decade he's been working on bringing the lessons learned from physical disaster management into the digital forensics and incident response realm.
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Matt cut his technical teeth in the MUDs and IRC dens of the 90s while daylighting in search and rescue. His longtime white hat security hobby and years of work experience in high-pressure environments converged in a career change to UNIX system administration. While working for a government research lab, his diverse background readily lent itself to new work assignments in both blue team security operations and red team penetration testing. Today he leads security incident management at Google, where he strives to infuse security functions with the best practices of disaster management, and where he explores the limits of speed, quality, and affordability in the fields of digital forensics and incident response.