Does Your Seattle Company Have a Comprehensive Data Breach Response Plan?

Data Breach PlanMultiple large retailers, including Target, Michaels, and Neiman Marcus, have experienced data breaches in the last few months. While many companies believe it won’t happen to them, the truth is, data breaches occur unexpectedly and take a toll on companies of all sizes.  Do you have a data breach response plan?  If not, Silvertip IT can help.  As one of the top Seattle IT companies, we have experience in helping businesses prevent data breaches and ensure they secured networks.

A data breach response plan can help you act quickly and appropriately in the unfortunate event of a data breach. If you act quickly, you can prevent further data loss, significant fines, and costly reputation damage.

The first step to developing a data breach response plan is designating an incident response team. Your incident response team will fulfill two primary functions:

  1. Develop the data breach response plan and prepare employees to respond properly during a breach.
  2. Manage, coordinate, and document employees’ response efforts if a breach occurs.

A poorly handled data breach can impact your business in a variety of ways, including bad press, lost sales, and liability issues. Also, the process of rebuilding your reputation can be timely and difficult. While every data breach has its own unique challenges and circumstances, all businesses must designate an incident response team to perform the following tasks prior to a data breach:

  • Identify and manage timelines for the data breach response.
  • Outline the resources and budget necessary to handle a breach.
  • Review state and federal laws governing data breaches in your industry.
  • Update contact lists of all team members involved in the data breach response.

Your incident response team must perform the following tasks after a data breach:

  • Manage and coordinate employees’ response efforts.
  • Document all response efforts from the beginning of the breach to the end.
  • Determine whether it’s necessary to notify affected individuals, law enforcement, the media, and other third parties.
  • Notify affected individuals and third parties within any mandated timeframes.
  • Determine security gaps and address them.

Even though you’re prepared for a data breach, employees should consider data security as a top priority. Data breaches are fairly common, however, there are best practices to help you avoid a data breach. For example:

  • All employees must integrate data security efforts into their day-to-day work habits.
  • Data security and mobile device policies should be updated on a regular basis.
  • Cyber security software, including encryption devices and firewall protection, must be implemented and updated regularly.
  • All employees must attend security training sessions at least once a year.
  • Access to data should be limited to specific employees based on job requirements.

A comprehensive data breach response plan will help you increase your security and protect your company.

To learn more about data breach response planning, give us a call at (425) 998-9199 or send us an email at Slivertip IT can help you implement proper IT security and develop a data breach response plan to minimize the impact of a data breach.

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