Data breach news has shown a skyrocket in activity since Covid-19 lockdowns with a majority of businesses addressing and responding to the escalation quickly.
There are other businesses that have not taken to action sooner than was ideal and have suffered significant breaches as a result. It’s no doubt that many companies were unprepared for an instance where all workload of employees would be done from their home, and information security had to suffer the consequences for a long period.
IT Support found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the sudden influx of home-based issues and relied on shortcuts to be able to deal with the increased pressure. The unavoidable use of personal devices to continue work-based tasks increased the risks of personal information and sensitive business communications being shared over home wi-fi networks. This provided a working condition ill-equipped to securely handle the threat of data breaches.
To add to the chaos, cybercriminals used the coronavirus to be able to exploit systems like never before. Whether it’s from phishing and spoofing, the huge surge of information generated and distributed between authorities and institutions gave cybercriminals an untold advantage in the propagation of Malware and opened the door to intercept and distribute personal messaging.
Finding themselves unprepared for this potential breach, the hospitality and retail sectors and unable to respond in a suitable fashion and collating an enormous amount of personal information and contact information just ripe for hackers to sell onto the right parties for lead generation and telemarketing opportunities.
The stress in responding to a data breach is a huge ordeal. In chasing an IT department to pursuing legal counsel on ramifications that a breach can inflict on your business.
In combating the threat of a data breach, you can focus on aspects to ideally and successfully counteract any such attack on your business.
The first step would be to identify the high categories that a data breach would most likely be targeted. From there be sure to establish a step by step guide for response by the allocation of key people within the business for responsibilities, ensuring that each individual knows the importance of their role.
Identifying pieces of information required to find the data breach and contain it, you can instantly whom to request the relevant information. Instigating a process to access the data breach notification will then help to draft up a communication procedure to inform the relevant parties of the breach.
This is proven to be an effective plan in combating a potentially hazardous data breach and is the first plan in how to protect data online.