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Data breaches are practically inevitable.

91% of businesses are vulnerable to an attack, whilst 61% of businesses have experienced one or more attacks previously.

While you may not be able to prevent one, to protect your operational outputs you can certainly prepare and have a disaster recovery plan in place should you encounter a data protection breach.

This should outline the remedial action your business must take to minimise downtime and maintain business continuity.

1. Evaluate what has been stolen or damaged.

This will give you an indication as to whether valuable credentials have been impacted across multiple servers and systems.

A critical first step that can help pave the way for the rest of your business continuity contingencies.

Always walk before you run when it comes to internet security, and don’t assume anything until a full audit has been conducted.

2. Isolate your network

This includes changing social media, system or server passwords and limiting login accessibility for only critical circumstances.

This gives you time to investigate the source without remaining vulnerable to a second data breach.

3. Perform a postmortem

You need to detect the origin of the source before you rush into your response, as a data breach can come from within your internal organisationcan as well as from external enemies.

If the breach was internal, it might prompt you into reconfiguring your technology usage and find better ways to apply software.

It may also be an indicator that you have a disgruntled employee who has become lax in his view towards data security.

Ensuring your business operations are geared around employee satisfaction, productivity and efficiency, you shouldn’t have to incur this type of breach, but it’s something to consider for everyday activities.

4. Inform Employees

If your staff are aware of the breach, it mitigates the chances of them trying to access servers and slowing down your recovery process.

Once the origin of the data breach has been discovered, you can look into other ways of working to keep business continuity up.

If it only impacted your computer security software, you know that your mobile security is safe to operate and vice versa.

5. Hire outsourced IT services

The ideal situation would be that threats can be detected before they happen.

When the malware or hacking programs do manage to break through the servers, there’s an immediate response from a third party who either collaborates with your team or acts on behalf of your team.

This added support enables you to concentrate on the operational functions that could be in jeopardy following the attack.

Increased data security breaches threatening your business operations will only continue to surface.

To effectively prepare for now and the future, download our free roadmap HERE to developed especially with your business operations in mind.

If you would like to find out more, follow the link to our website; www.tmcs.co.uk or contact 01329 239900

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