Hopefully, you are using a secure cloud solution that protects you against threats such as a data breach. If, for some reason, you find yourself in the position of data being breached, corrupted or lost, it is essential to know how to act and how to ensure that it does not happen again. In this guide, we share some tips on how to deal with a data breach.
Dealing With a Data Breach
Whether you are a SMB or a larger sized company, dealing with a data breach can be extremely stressful. Breaches can be serious enough to cause your company to go out of business. They can also damage your reputation, cause your clients to lose their trust in you and have many other severe consequences. Obviously, prevention is better than cure. When disaster strikes and you find yourself in the midst of a breach, here’s what you will need to do.
As soon as you notice that your data has been accessed, you will need to contain the breach immediately. To stop the breach in its tracks, you will need to isolate the systems that have been breached so that your entire network is not compromised. You will also need to disconnect any accounts used for the breach and even shut down the department hacked. You can then look at blacklisting attack IP, reformat corrupted data and prepare for the next step once the immediate danger has passed.
Next, you will need to determine the damage that has been done by the breach. A comprehensive assessment is essential to know exactly where the breach happened and how it happened. You will need to identify potential vulnerabilities and determine whether any malware or viruses have been left in your system. Knowing the type of data that was affected and whether sensitive information was breached is also highly important.
Finally, you need to take measures to prevent another attack from happening. There is a high risk of further attacks happening after a breach. Make sure that you increase any security protocols and ensure that your systems are secured. An audit can help you prepare as well.