Every company worth its salt has an IT team that are on the ball. IT is a big part of any business now, especially as technology is evolving at such a rapid pace. The trouble with the rise of the digital world, is that cybercrime is also rising. Criminals are becoming savvy to new business systems and software updates, and are taking advantage of companies in the worst way.
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If your business is one that gets hacked, you need to know how to recover from it. Every company that has a digital connection is a possible target for hacking, as hackers no longer only target high-profile organizations. Your business needs to create a plan so that in the aftermath of hacking, you know what to do. Consulting your IT team should be the first step, but we’ve put together a list for you of things you should be doing to make sure that you can recover quickly from someone hacking your confidential data. Check out the list below and be prepared, just in case it ever happens to your business.
- Identify. Most companies find identifying where the hacking has happened in their data to be difficult. It can take over a year to identify a security breach and to be able to detect it, you have to have a basic understanding of the operations of your business. You should have a fantastic IT team that can detect any issues in data. They should be looking for any anomalies in the network and the way people use it.
- Investigate. Once you have identified the breach, you need to investigate how many of your machines at work have been affected. You may need to call in professional agility disaster recovery specialists for this, as the professionals are trained to do more than your IT team can do and they’ll be able to identify and restore. They’ll be able to tell you whether it’s a targeted attack or one that was picked up simply by someone clicking an unsecure link online.
- Containment. After a cyberattack, your company needs to work quickly and efficiently to contain it. Before you go ahead and pull the plugs out of all the machines, you need to be able to track where the breach happened so that you can stop it from happening again. Once you’ve been hacked, pulling the plugs out wouldn’t help!
- Repair. Reinstalling programs, backing up your data again and repairing the systems that have been hacked by changing all your passwords again is a step to recovery after hacking. Your staff will also need to be retrained in internet usage, but you should also be mindful of who you share confidential passwords with. While you may trust your employees, the tighter you are on security the better off you’ll be.
- Communicate. There’s a chance that depending on the type of breach, you have a legal obligation to report it to your clients. Be careful and seek legal advice before you do this, as you don’t want to compromise your business unless necessary.