Incidents like data leakage and security breach seem to occur quite frequently in this age of digitalism. According to a recent study conducted by British government, well-establish banks and large organizations are not the only targets of security breach. (Magee, 2018) Almost all businesses, from small to large are prone to security threats. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to respond to all such security issues. Let’s have a look at top most recommended solutions for this digital problem:
The initial way to respond to a security issue is to not let it happen at the first place. Be prepared to deal with all sorts of security breaches and threats by following effective security plans. (Magee, 2018) To ensure greater security of confidential data, manage the security factors beforehand and don’t compromise on data safety at all. If you’re prepared you’ll know what steps to take exactly and won’t be running around like a wild goose.
Keep calm and focused
If a security breach has been detected by your security team or firewall, don’t panic as it’s a win-win situation (you were able to detect it… better than not knowing). Detection of a security issue allows an organization to take effective steps to minimize the risk and solve the issue. Knowing the threat in time enables the network to work together and fight back the threat before it makes any or sufficient damage.
Shut down the system/network if required
If the threat is already changed into serious damage, adopt ‘contain and respond’ strategy. It simply means that all affected areas of the network need to be shut down or dismounted before the malicious content damage further. (Mullins, 2005) Identify the critical systems that need to run in order to keep business activities in a right flow. Just make sure that worst affected areas of a network are not in working condition to increase the risk. When you have a proper shutdown protocol, the protocol will tell you exactly what systems have to keep running and who to inform.
Assess the damage
Develop an association with the damage done and track its consequences. for this cause, you will be needed to involve technical, legal, leadership and data controlling teams to assess the entire damage. Assessment of data plays an important role in dealing with the damage done to the network. Once you will know the severity of attack, you will be able to fix the damage properly.
Assessment of data leakage and security issue leads to recovery. Knowing the exact statistics help the users to fix the damage appropriately. Once you will know which areas need to be fixed on priority, you may allocate essential resources to fix the problem. Auto backup resources can also be used to recover the lost data. (Mullins, 2005)
Maintain the reputation
Reputation maintenance is very much important for every organization. If a security issue has been detected and resolved lately, you might need to report it to partners and customers whose confidentiality was potentially compromised. Keeping everybody informed increases the reputation in terms of public relation and consumer trust.
Outsource security resources
You may also outsource effective security resources to ensure the safety of confidential data. Make sure that the safety resource itself is not prone to online threat as it will make the data susceptible to leakage. (Magee, 2018) There are many data loss prevention tools and protection technologies that enable the organization to enjoy higher security and minimal risks.
Report the breach
What mostly people don’t consider doing after a security breach is to report it to cyber-crime control authorities or in the case of personal data leakage, the privacy authorities. Every business person or organization facing security issue should/must report the problem to the cyber-crime teams (depending on local legislation) even if it has been resolved properly. It’s necessary to track down the culprits to stop it from happening again. (Gordon James Realty, 2017)
There is no way to eliminate the possibility of security threat 100%. But, you may respond to an issue instantly to minimize the risk and also use effective tools and resources to prevent its occurrence.
Gordon James Realty. (2017, January 5). How to Respond to Security Threats. Retrieved May 30, 2018, from Gordon James Real Estate Services: https://gordonjamesrealty.com/resource/respond-security-threats/
Magee, T. (2018, March 26). How to respond to a security breach . Retrieved May 30, 2018, from ComputerWorld UK: https://www.computerworlduk.com/galleries/security/how-respond-security-breach-3674205/
Mullins, M. (2005, September 8). Effectively respond to a security incident with these five steps. Retrieved May 30, 2018, from Tech Republic: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/effectively-respond-to-a-security-incident-with-these-five-steps/