The Aftermath of Data Breaches & Tips for Recovering – Understanding the aftermath that comes when someone falls victim to an attack is just as important as preparing defenses to shield for an attack in the first place.
Cybercrime is a growing threat today across industries and populations. Hackers, scammers and others leave no stone unturned when they go on a hunt for private information they can use to perpetrate an attack.
The startling reality is that most people will fall victim to a hack at some point in their life.
Today, the focus should be on proactive protections as well as rebuilding again with confidence post breach.
Understanding the aftermath that comes when someone falls victim to an attack is just as important as preparing defenses to shield for an attack in the first place.
For small businesses – and especially solopreneurs and gig workers the effects of a data breach can be even greater.
Here are some important things to consider.
Most of the attacks being uncovered are coming from malicious outsider attacks as well in in-house data breaches from employees.
In most breaches, both customer and employee data are being hacked along with intellectual property.
Perhaps one of the most serious implications when it comes to a breach for these businesses is the financial severity. Things like lost revenues, lawsuits, fines and penalties can all be detrimental.
So what does that mean for you as a business?
If you’re going to be the victim of an attack at least once in the future, then being prepared for the aftermath now should be a requirement so that when it happens you – you are armed and ready. Post breach, you should also be looking at how to avoid repeat occurrences.
Here are 3 important steps to take immediately following a breach:
- Upgrade Your Security Software and Tools
It goes without saying that strengthening your defenses is important. Every day companies release patches and updates in response to new threats so it’s important to not only keep all of your security options up to date, but to also find trusted vendors who can help strengthen your defenses in the future to protect your from any other attacks.
- Boost Training for Staff
While it is critical that IT staff know how to handle these incidents, you should also be sure the rest of your team are aware of the dangers of clicking a bad link or failing to properly secure documents. By investing in better training for staff you can curb some of the potential risk caused by error or negligence.
- Use Trusted Vendors
It’s important to do your due diligence in scouting and hiring vendors. Supply chain attacks are becoming common and even with all of the securities in place at your own establishment and employees practicing safety procedures, you can still fall victim to a breach if cybercriminals are perpetrating their attacks via an entry port with one of your vendors.
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