Data breaches are impacting more organizations from non-profits like Goodwill to the State of Louisiana. If a data breach happens to your business or organization, it may feel like the end of the world. While a data breach will likely impair relationships with your customers and suppliers, you will recover if you have and stick to a good data breach incident response plan.
A data breach incident response plan is a strategy for mitigating the damage done by a data breach. It involves securing your operations, fixing your vulnerabilities, and notifying affected parties. Having a data breach response policy is the best way to attempt to keep clients and suppliers happy and regain trust in the event of a data breach.
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Data Breach Response Checklist
Breaches have become so common that the Federal Trade Commission has outlined guidelines on how to respond. We have shortened the recommendations for your convenience, but you can review the original guide here. The following data breach response plan template works for businesses in most industries.
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Developing your Data Breach Response Plan
The data breach response checklist provided by the FTC is a helpful place to start, but it certainly can’t be the end of your data breach protocol. In order for the checklist to work, you will need to get specific about your business operations.
Being prepared for a data breach will require you to inventory all of your IT assets, assessing them for vulnerabilities, and documenting their configurations. It will also require a register of all company databases and the parties that would be affected were any to be compromised.
At Foresite, we take security seriously. As a trusted cybersecurity provider, we offer a range of solutions to ensure your network security. Additionally, we offer business continuity planning to help organizations plan and prepare for businesses disruptions from any cause, including a data breach.
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