The Aftermath: What You Need to Do If You’ve Experienced Security Data Breaches

Donovan Blaylock II
June 05, 2019

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Have you recently experienced a security data breach?

If so, you’re not alone. Cybersecurity attacks are increasing, and no company is safe. Companies of every size, from small businesses to large corporations are experiencing data breaches and putting millions of customers at risk.

Even if you do everything right, you could still be the victim of hackers. The best thing you can is always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Keep reading to learn more about what to do after you experience a cybersecurity breach.

What to Do If You’ve Experienced Security Data Breaches

Security data breaches are terrifying and one of the worst things that can happen to you as a business owner. Some companies never recover from data breaches, and it puts them out of business.

Like we said earlier, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Here are five things you need to do after you experience a data breach:

1. Contain the Breach

The first step is to contain the breach as soon as possible. In most cases, it takes companies around six months to detect that a breach even happened.

You’ll need to start by isolating any systems, user accounts or software that were impacted by the breach and shut them down. Once you’ve contained the breach, you can figure out what to do next.

2. Take a Step Back and Assess the Damage

Before you act, take a moment to step back, assess the damage and create a plan to move forward. A cybersecurity attack is stressful, so you need to make sure you’re acting from a place of logic and not emotion.

Time is of the essence, so don’t dwell on your bad luck for too long. Take a moment to create a solid plan, and your recovery efforts will stay more organized.

3. Notify Your Customers and Anyone Else Impacted

Once you know precisely what data was exposed, you need to notify any affected parties as soon as possible. This step is always difficult, and customers will be upset that their sensitive information was stolen. But the longer you wait, the worse off you will be.

You might also want to get legal advice and coverage during this time because there could be lawsuits headed your way. Once you’ve cleaned up the breach, you’ll want to launch a PR campaign to let your customers know you’ve made responsible changes to prevent further attacks.

4. Bring In the Experts

If you’re a small business owner, your cybersecurity knowledge is probably limited. A security breach isn’t the time to experiment with new software or try and handle things on your own. You need to bring in a trusted cybersecurity expert to make sure the breach is handled properly.

5. Take Steps to Prevent Future Attacks

The final and most important step is to audit your current security software and make sure that you keep your company and customers safe from another attack.

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Get More Cybersecurity Advice

Cybersecurity is a complex topic, and what to do after security data breaches is just one of many things you need to know.

Check out the rest of our blog for more helpful IT security advice. Hackers never rest, but you can sleep a little easier knowing that you’re educated and ready to act whenever a data breach takes place.

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