We like to focus our efforts on preventing data breaches and cybersecurity attacks, but it’s important to know what you should do if you do fall victim to such an attack. Let’s go over how you should respond to a data breach and what you must consider to come out on the successful side of it.
First, let’s outline what a data breach response plan is and how it can guide your business in difficult situations like this.
Essentially, it’s a guide that you can follow to make sure that you experience minimal damage and disruption in the event of a data breach. Here are some elements you should consider for your plan:
If you have this plan in place, you can eliminate much of the higher costs associated with responding to a data breach. This helps you maximize uptime and to ensure that your reputation stays in check amongst your important stakeholders and clients.
First, you’ll need to know what types of vulnerabilities might impact your operations. This might include things like employee error or intent, data loss, disruptions of various services, and other types of problems, as well as the hits your reputation might take due to potential legal fallout.
A data breach is a serious affair, and you need everyone on-board to help in whatever way they can. It’s important that you document the responsibilities of your team members in each department to ensure that they know what must be done should you face down a data breach.
We always recommend that you have several different types of security solutions in place to cover as many bases as possible. Make sure that your team follows a strict password policy, and make sure that you are practicing redundancy in your data infrastructure. This should include both your on-site and off-site storage, and they should all be protected to ensure your business can survive any data breach disaster.
Have clearly established and defined processes for all parts of the threat management cycle, from identifying causes, communicating with your team, to isolating and removing threats. You should also periodically test these processes to ensure they all work properly. Furthermore, it’s critical that you have a list of all parties who might need to be notified of a breach, whether it’s a list of clients, the media, or the government.
No breach response protocol is going to be perfect right off the bat. You’ll need to review it and adjust it as your business grows. Plus, threats are always growing more powerful and more dangerous, so you’ll need to address developments in this way, too.
SCW can be your trusted go-to cybersecurity resource. To learn more, reach out to us at (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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