Here’s a problem: Many businesses don’t even realize how much security they need until a cyberattack has already taken place. Part of working with CHIPS is ensuring that cyberattack never happens. But not everyone has realized the power of our cybersecurity technology. And not every cybersecurity company uses Zero Trust technology to protect their clients.
What happens as a result? Bad things. Hackings.
The question then becomes, what’s a company to do once they have already been targeted? If your business falls prey to the bad guys, we’ve got some tips on how you can respond.
Are you a small business? Did you know that 43% of all data breach victims are small businesses? The rest are medium and large businesses. That’s right, even huge companies get hit with major cyberattacks. And while it’s critical to have preventive measures in place, it is just as important to respond quickly and effectively once a breach occurs.
Your first step should be to set up a business continuity team. This team should be comprised of members of your IT staff as well as network forensics experts and other members of management. You need to understand the size and scope of the breach and, more than anything, ensure you are no longer vulnerable and that the hackers can’t break their way back in.
Isolate and secure physical locations that could be vulnerable to another breach. Access permissions must be immediately changed. Affected machines should be swapped out; user credentials should be updated, and passwords should be changed. Also, consider the information that has already been lost. If data has already been exposed or posted online because of the hack, make sure you remove it or change it.
You also want to make sure you interview all parties involved and document the process. There may be evidence, both physical and/or digital, that you need to ensure is not lost or destroyed. Finally, get in touch with your human resources or public relations department and ensure you have a plan in place to address the situation both internally and externally. You have both employees and the general public to consider.
Have you been hacked in the past? If not, consider that you might be in the future. We don’t mean to sound alarmist, but if you don’t have the right cybersecurity company protecting your data, you might end up part of that 43%! Join us at one of our upcoming webinars to learn more.