This post is the third part of a 4 part series about consumer privacy, data security and what this means to your reputation.

The first 24 hours of a data breach is vital.

Every second private data is left exposed or compromised threatens your privacy, can damage your reputation and translate into less (business) opportunities. When a data breach happens, you (or your data security team) will need to analyze what happened, note who you need to inform, identify legal concerns, and take the necessary steps to resolve and regain data security.

Most IT people are well aware that a data storage intrusion is a monstrous threat that can come from anywhere at any time.  It doesn’t matter if a cyber-intrusion is manmade or of natural origin, accidental or intentional – a data breach is a real threat, in the worst way. Every person that spends time online must understand this and do their best to take precautions to look less attractive to cyber criminals.

Forget Me Not

When life or work is disrupted by a cyber-attack everything comes to a screeching halt. This standstill could workout in your favor if you use it as an opportunity to get focused. It will force you (your organization) to spend time making sure that a future data breach will be met with adequate digital safeguards and you can also learn about current ways to practice data breach prevention. You may take it a step further by remaining aware of emerging ways to apply topnotch digital protections around your private data.

Data security is not something you can afford to ignore or forget.

My Data, My Reputation, My Emotions

You’ve worked long and hard to build your reputation.  Safeguarding your digital data is a crucial part of reputation management. You can’t separate your digital data from your online reputation; they are woven into one. A data breach is an extremely serious digital crisis every individual and organization must learn more about and be ready to manage. You should know that as you work to resolve existing data security gaps, emotions may be heightened. Under the circumstances this may be completely understandable, but staying grounded and focused will help calm heads to focus on solutions that will reduce the chances of another data breach.

While a data security storm surrounds you, there are some things you can do to improve your online reputation and minimize the aftermath of a data breach:

  1. Remain calm. Keep a level head and lead with emotional intelligence.
  2. Respond promptly. Let your response be more efficient than and as swift as the cyber attackers.
  3. Dissect the cyber intrusion carefully and skillfully. Where, How, When, did it start? Who is the culprit?
  4. Watch for other potential data concerns while you repair and regain your data security.
  5. Fix the issue(s) that caused the data breach.
  6. Don’t share passwords.
  7. Ensure passwords are challenging and are changed regularly.
  8. Use secure logins like https.
  9. Check to see what data mobile app permissions have access to on your mobile devices.

10. Don’t use public Wi-Fi or public computers to handle personal or sensitive information.

11. Make protecting your data must be a top priority, especially as technology changes.

12. If you have a data breach response team or plan , inform your trained data security/protection team to carry out the next steps.

Every Byte Counts

Matters could easily become exponentially worse if the data recovery vendors should cross the line and share or sell your confidential information. Trends in security of data recovery operations show how choosing a data recovery vendor should be thoroughly researched. Overlooked data vulnerabilities are internal or external risks that come back to bite with each byte of compromised data. It is easy for an unscrupulous data recovery vendor to unknowingly make data security more problematic if they fail to take adequate precautions to keep their own data protected.

There are numerous moving pieces and many layers to consider when working to regain data security and reduce damage to your reputation. Make sure each piece and every layer is addressed thoroughly.


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