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An Integrated Approach to Combat Cyber Threat

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Michelle Alvarez had great advice about how to prevent a cyber-threat. But what happens if you don’t prevent the data breech? Companies can implement the best security policies and take every precaution, but no network or cyber data is 100% safe. It is not a matter of if a failure will happen, it’s a matter of when. Do you know what you should do when the inevitable strikes? We will touch all the bases after a breech. What do once a breech is discovered, who you should contact, how to repair your reputation, and a few tips.

The very first thing you should do is contain or stop the attack or loss of data. If the data is being stolen over the network, remove all your devices from the internet immediately. This will eliminate the data transfer over the internet until you can fix the leak. If the hack was malware, it can prevent further spread. If the leak was a UBS drive, you should still remove your devices from the internet until you can change passwords and credentials to your network. The drive could have contained credentials, if this happens, a password change will not be enough.

Additionally, there should be great efforts made to retrieve the device that leaked the data. This attempt should be left to law enforcement. Once the data loss is stopped, you should start making phone calls. You will want to get a data forensics team. They can help you find the total reach of the data leak. As they work, they will collect evidence as to who’s responsible. The forensics team can also give input on the changes you should make after a breech. The local governing body should also be informed. Whether its law enforcement or the State government, the loss should be reported. In states like California, it is the law that all data losses must be reported to the individual whose data was stolen and it must also be reported to the state. I highly recommend that you look at the rules and regulations for your state. You should also call a lawyer immediately. A legal team will help you navigate the laws and minimize your legal repercussions.

There are a few notes that should be mentioned. From this point on, I would only act under the direct order of my lawyer, law enforcement, or the government. Ask them to tell you when it is safe to resume operations. Do not interfere. Let them work, your cooperation looks good in the public’s eye! Also, do not destroy any evidence you found. Leave all evidence in tack. This seems obvious but, do not hide the attack. Uber was just fined $148 million for failing to report a hack that occurred in 2016. Hiding the problem will make it worse, for the business and your customers. The report should be filed fast. The more time that ticks by, the less chance you have of getting a handle on things. So, act quickly! After the data compromise is cleaned up, it’s time to rebuild your reputation.

Personally, I would recommend the company to make amends with clients. Offer to pay for credit monitoring for a few years. You should also note the security improvements you and your forensic team have created to increase security of data. Always follow through with the improvements! No one likes an empty promise. When a data compromise occurs, look at a few of these suggestions to guide you in the right direction. We are routinely taught to fortify and protect our network and data. The aftermath is not something we cover very often. So, just a recap, if you are ever victim to a data loss, you should stop the progression of the data loss.

Next, make the appropriate phone calls to a lawyer, a forensic data team, and the authorities. Let them do their job and work in cooperation with the authorities. Then, finally, clean up your reputation! Now you have a starting off point about what to do should there ever be a data compromise.

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