Data breaches can come in the form of:
The data you hold that could be breached includes any sensitive or confidential information you possess; mainly documents and contacts. As a victim of a data breach, this data could simply be viewed, or it could be copied and/or shared, potentially leading to fraudulent activity. The attacker may even hold you to ransom and demand payment for the return of the data – failure to comply could result in your data being destroyed.
All types of data breaches should be reported within your company and externally to those affected parties, as above. When it comes to the media, there is, of course, a very real possibility that they will pick up on the fact this has happened. We can help you prepare for handling the press and protect your reputation by drafting appropriate statements and quotes to make sure you appear in control of the situation. For more information, visit our data breach page.
Once you discover your data has been breached, there are several actions you need to take immediately:
It’s important to remain calm when working to resolve the issue – acting on emotions will only slow things down. Your IT providers will help with all of the technical issues, while we can help with all aspects of communications to keep affected parties up to date and ensure they feel confident doing business with you in future. For more information about how we can help with communications, please refer to our data breach page.
Any business or individual that holds sensitive or confidential information can fall victim to a data breach. As explained, data breaches can happen in various ways, from an employee accidentally allowing a hacker in with the click of a button, to phishing, to physical theft.
There are a few simple actions you can take to help avoid a data breach:
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