Data breaches aren’t a new and unknown topic. Hackers are still doing their work and trying to gain access to different pieces of information such as personal data, social security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information. In 2017, cybersecurity threats were escalating. By 2018, we have seen an evolution of the cybercrime landscape. Humans are becoming less needed for cyber-attacks to happen due to creating of cryptoworms, for instance.
Cryptoworms and other cyber tactics are the biggest cybersecurity threats and the need to protect your client’s data is intensifying each day. If your company is still inadequately prepared for extremely sophisticated data security breaches, it’s time to find out some of the best practices your small business needs to protect the important data.
Develop policies and procedures and train the staff
There are a lot of firms that are not ready to confront the security threats. It’s recommended that all the companies have clear policies that are developed to protect client and employee sensitive data. All the employees should go through a training process and learn all the policies and procedures in order to be ready for a cyber-attack. A crucial part of the training is to explain and train employees to recognize red flags and suspicious emails and email addresses. This is vital because one of the easiest and primary ways hackers can gain access to the company’s network is via an unintentional mistake of an employee.
Your policies need to address the following issues: important information and why it needs to be protected, the way to protect them, people in charge with reinforcing policies and procedures, to whom the policies apply, acceptable internet use, physical security of devices and machines, contingency plans, etc.
Each firm has some kind of protection against potential breaches such as antivirus installed, firewalls and email/phishing protection, backup, the capacity for email encryption, device encryption or directory security. The problem here is that a great number of firms don’t have a fully developed prevention infrastructure. They all have bits and pieces that comply with certain laws but a small number have a real strategy and policies dedicated to cybersecurity.
One of the most important aspects of a strategy is having preventative measures such as data encryption, employee background check, asset controls, network security protocols etc.
Incident response plan
Prevention might be the key but having an incident response plan is vital. If a chaotic situation such as a data breach occurs within your company, having an IR plan will bring pragmatism and order to the way of recovery. The plan should include the following roles:
- A person who will research and collect data about the multitude of cyber threats in the digital world.
- Triage analyst who screens alerts from automatic virus detections and forensic analyst who deals with data associated with a data breach.
- Incident response manager who manages the team and is responsible for post-breach proceedings.
Your response to the breach should include identifying circumstances, collecting external intelligence, keeping safe from any further damage, collecting logs and data and informing all the necessary parties. After this comes the post-breach recovery, revising and improving your strategy.
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