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You’ve been Data Breached? How to react if you’re attacked.

Not so fun fact, about 60 percent of small firms lose their business within 6 months of a data breach. Now that’s a scary statistic everyone should be mindful of. It’s not because these firms did not have a proper security system in place that they went under, it’s because they were not prepared to deal with it.

Breaches can happen to any business despite all the security measures in place. Hackers work hard to penetrate your IT systems. But there are quite a few ways to recuperate from a data breach if the worst-case scenario happens.

Let’s start with what you can do to ensure a successful recovery before the breach even happens.

 

Before the Breach…

  • Identify all the IT assets you possess.

Know what’s on your network. Using a distinctive asset ID will help you segregate the attacked system in case of a Data breach.

  • Apply an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to your system/network.

IDS will help you take down potential threats and also help in detecting the attack pattern thereby reducing damage. Don’t count your pennies on that.

  • Have an Incident Response Plan (IRP).

The last thing your business needs is an unforeseen data breach to occur, with no plan of how to react. Have a backup plan in hand that designates roles and duties so that recovery actions will be taken properly.

  • Backup your all-important data.

This is a simple yet very effective step to be taken to diminish data loss or corruption. Don’t let those ransomware Hackers get the better of you. Just carry on as usual with your backed-up data, remember to keep it updated and secure.

  • Perform repeated penetrative tests.

Perform regular penetrative tests to figure out any weakness in your security system. Educate employees on possible attacks and create understanding of attacks like phishing.

 

After a Breach…

Now it’s time to move on to what you can do following a breach to help you get back on track.

  • Evaluate the attack

Find Out how much and what you have lost. The moment you realise you have been attacked; you should look into the magnitude of the impact. Figure out what systems were attacked and which databases have been breached. Asset ID’s and exclusive authentications should help you with that.

  • Cover the impact

Segregate the attacked system from the network so that no more of your systems get infected. Disable the logins and credentials used by the attacker to breach. Basically, give the attacker no more means to keep nudging you.

  • Scrutinize the attack pattern

This will help you counteract any further attacks that might come your way. Don’t you want to know how your security systems were finally broken down? Examining the attack will give you more understandings into how to improve your security.

  • Inform the breach to all involved

Make the breach known to the people who were affected. You need them to be more cautious and informed of the risk. Even the law requires you to do so as it is your obligation to make any security breach known to the stakeholders concerned.

  • Revise your security protocols

Substitute your security systems with new and updated ones that can further tolerate similar attacks, if not attacks in general. Address your weaknesses and take preemptive solutions into training to avoid future events.

Make use of your Business Continuity (BC) and recovery plans to reestablish your systems to full functionality.

  • Keep an eye out for any further cyber attacks

Preserve security measures with the same intensity since the day you established them. Make sure everyone in the company is limited to the cause as well. As they say, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So keep your systems up to date and try not to leave any exposure unaddressed.

 

We’re Iron Dome

We take a security-first approach to technology – ensuring our client’s systems are best protected.

If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might be and identify actions to take.

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