It can happen to anyone – you’ve taken steps to limit your exposure to a cyber incident. You’ve purchased and implemented top-of-the-line IT solutions. You’ve carefully thought about security best practices and strived to adhere to them. But somehow, you’ve just become the latest victim of a data breach.
It might have been discretely packaged ransomware hidden in a seemingly innocent application file. Perhaps it was the result of poor password management. Maybe your employees were duped by a convincing phishing e-mail. But at this point, the only question racing through your mind is, “What do I do next?”
Stop The Bleeding: Secure Your Operations
Move quickly to secure your systems and fix vulnerabilities that may have caused the breach. The only thing worse than a data breach is multiple data breaches. Your first priority is to take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
To do this, you will need to assemble a breach response team to conduct a comprehensive review. Depending on the size and nature of your company, they may include forensics, legal, information technology, operations, or other concerned stakeholders. If you do not have an internal response team, you should contact your Managed Service Provider (MSP) immediately. A reliable MSP should be able to diagnose the source of the breach, or work with a digital forensics team to do so.