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How to handle a security breach

Sometimes, even the best preparation can’t keep all aspects of a business safe. Whether through small mistakes or oversights, there is always the possibility of information being leaked or security being compromised. Business owners will need to know how to act in these cases, and must be able to do so quickly.

Privacy Rights walks people through the steps that they should take if they end up with compromised security for whatever reason. The first thing to note is that different types of breaches require different methods of handling. However, there are some steps that should always be taken. For example, one should remain calm in the face of a breach. Staying calm will help a person act rationally and quickly, which is of utmost importance. They should then figure out what type of breach has occurred and what sort of information has been put at risk. It may be things like Social Security numbers, financial account information, debit or credit card information, or other identification documents.

Meanwhile, The Data Center Journal advocates preparing for potential breaches rather than trying to rely entirely on prevention. Nothing can ever be one hundred percent secure, so foresee it happening and prepare accordingly. Inform the people who need to be informed, starting with those working directly with the data and moving on to those outside of the primary bubble. Investigations should be done with care. Everything should be examined thoroughly, from the recorded data to any affected hardware. Compromised servers should be dealt with promptly, and finally, steps should be taken to identify weaknesses in order to fortify them in the future.

Following these steps can save a business owner from panicking and making more mistakes in their attempts to salvage things after a breach.

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