How to Survive a Cyber Hack

The best offense is a good defense. Understanding how to prevent a breach before it happens is so important in protecting your business from a cyber attack. But with 80 percent of businesses expecting a breach this year, it’s time to have a back-up plan. If your organization becomes the target of an attack, you’ll want to be prepared, instead of in a state of panic.

Here are our tips on how to survive a hack:

how to survive a hack

Assess if you’ll need outside help.

Cybersecurity isn’t a simple technical issue for IT to solve. Each data breach comes with its own circumstances. Cyber attacks can come in many forms, like phishing, malware, social engineering, and ransomware. The effects of these attacks can be devastating, costing an organization a hefty price, and potentially its reputation.

Was suspicious activity noticed in your organization? You’ll have to act quickly to contain it. The time it takes to react and contain is critical to your organization. Evaluate the risks, and determine if you’ll need to call in experts to investigate, eradicate, and help you recover.

Have an incident response plan.

If your data is compromised, you’ll want to be able to implement an incident response plan quickly. Assign roles. Lay out the steps you’ll need to take to ensure core business processes, systems, and networks are recovered. Have an internal communication plan ready.

This is going to be the most important piece of your organizations recovery. Your incident response plan should be up to date, and have been recently tested for loopholes and new threats. The last thing you’ll want to do after a breach is rely on an outdated plan. It should also be tailored to your organization’s work flow. Everyone involved should have a clear understanding of their responsibilities beforehand.

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Additionally, you’ll want to know the laws and regulations in your area. GDPR and NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations require organizations to disclose a breach within 72 hours. Have an understanding of who outside of your organization needs to be notified immediately, such as consumers, business partners, legal teams, and law enforcement.

how to survive a hack

Moving forward

Returning to “business as usual” isn’t so simple. Learning is key here. After a breach, it’s important that your team evaluates what during the incident response went right, and what could have been handled better. This will help you have a better response to an incident in the future and prevent it.

Following a cyber attack, you’ll not only have to strengthen your incident response plan, but also update your security. Cybersecurity doesn’t just come in the form of software and firewalls. Remember that most data breaches are caused by employee negligence. Ensuring your employees are cyber literate can go a long way in minimizing human error.

Having a thorough incident response plan doesn’t mean you should forego ongoing efforts to protect your organization. The most effective way to stay a step ahead of hackers is by staying prepared. Reducing your risk for a cyber attack isn’t an easy process. Cybint can help. Get in touch to create a custom cybersecurity program to suit your organization’s needs.

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Virginia Stavridis

Virginia is the Marketing Specialist at Cybint Solutions, which provides education solutions across the cybersecurity and intelligence spectrum for organizations around the world. Before joining Cybint, Virginia created branding and social media strategy for startups and SMBs.

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