Does Your Business Know How to Respond to a Data Breach?
Data breaches only happen to large corporations, right? Wrong.
It is true that data breaches frequently target giant corporations and medical providers, and those organizations are smart to beef up their cyber security. Such breaches can affect millions of customers and cost companies thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
But many small business owners don’t realize they are targets, too. According to a Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report noted in a 2017 USA TODAY article, 61 percent of breaches hit smaller businesses. A typical cyber attack can cost a small business between $84,000 and $148,000.
What makes smaller businesses attractive to hackers? About 90 percent of them don’t use any data protection at all for company and customer information, according to UPS Capital. That makes them easy pickings.
If your company handles credit card payments, or stores information about customers, then cyber criminals will want to get their hands on that information. If you own or operate a small business and have not considered the consequences of a data breach, you need to rethink.
Is your business prepared for a data breach?
- Would you be able to quickly identify what information was compromised?
- Would you be able to stop the leaks of information?
- Do you know which agencies must be notified, and how soon? Data breach reporting laws vary from state to state, and from industry to industry.
- Would you be able to prevent a future attack?
Digital Forensics Corp. can help detect problems during a network security audit. We can do penetration testing to see if your network protections are up to speed against the latest hacking techniques. We can provide expert consultation on proper responses to a data breach or a network attack. We can help you put the right policies and procedures in place to prevent problems before they happen.
Just remember, no business is too small to draw the attention of digital thieves. And once you have a breach, it’s too late to wonder what the right steps are.
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