While we—for reasons that should be obvious—tend to focus our attention on preventing and avoiding cybersecurity breaches, it is important that we address how your business responds to a successful breach attempt. Let’s go over how to create a data breach response plan.
First, it is important that we understand what a data breach response plan is.
That’s really what it all boils down to—a data breach response plan is simply a collection of strategies that you’ll need to follow to mitigate the worst impacts of this data breach. Your response plan should specify the following:
Having this plan prepared can help you eliminate many of the high costs otherwise associated with breach response and management, while also helping you preserve your reputation and your business’ all-important uptime.
If you want your breach response to be effective, you need to have an idea of what might lead to your business’ data being breached—employee error or intent, data loss of all kinds, disruption of service—while also considering the outcomes, like a hit to your business’ reputation and legal ramifications.
Responding to a data breach needs to be an all-hands-on-deck situation, with people in all positions playing a part. Documenting the responsibilities of each team and department in your response plan will maintain transparency.
As we always recommend, there is an assortment of security solutions needed to keep as many threats as possible out of your network. Ensuring your team is compliant to stringent password policies, maintaining redundant copies of your data in both on- and off-site storage solutions, and a variety of other safeguards will be critical to your success.
From identifying that there is an issue and what caused it to communicating amongst the team to isolate and remove it, you need to have established processes that have been tested to be effective. You also have to ensure that you have a list of all parties that need to be notified after a breach takes place—government entities, business associates, and the media, if need be.
Finally, you need to consider your breach response protocol to be a living process. With threats constantly evolving and advancing, you need to evaluate how effective your breach response tactics are and improve them periodically.
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About the author
Dan has 25 years of progressive experience in the IT industry. He has led three successful companies focused on small and medium business IT solutions since 1997.