How To Handle A Data Breach

Cybersecurity plays a huge role in your business security. It monitors and protects your operating systems, emails, networks and other devices from data theft and other ransomware attacks etc. Thus, having proper awareness about cybersecurity and how to manage incidents like data breach and much more, is very crucial. Organizations must train their employees to handle such situations but sideways, it is very important to ensure that you have a proper cybersecurity team or software running, to shield your data.


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What is a Data Breach?

A data breach is a very deep form of terror. It might seem temporary but they have a long term impact on an organization. A data breach means that a highly confidential piece of information has been exposed to an unwanted authority, by an individual or organization. The data is breached for various reasons and the complexity depends on the “type” of data that has been hacked or leaked. The most common reason for a data breach is rivalry or to seek revenge. 

How to manage a data breach?

What should be your incident response breach plan; have you crafted one for your company? How can one handle and respond to it? Well, we will be disclosing that for you. 

The most important and primary step, after discovering a breach is to incorporate your incident response breach plan. Every company must have one, settled and determined beforehand for security purposes. Look into the details as to what kind of data has been leaked and at what time did it happen. Once you have learned about the breach, there are some important steps that one must take within the first 48 hours of the data breach. 

  1. The most important step is to contain the breach or atleast try to do so. Time is the key to win in such situations and you must not take it casually. It is crucial you stop the breach by all means within the first 48 hours. Once you know what type of data has been breached and what systems have been infected; you will be able to determine the plan and method that you have to put to implementation. 
  2. The second most crucial step is to isolate the sources that have generated the breach, as soon as you learn about it. It will stop the malware from spreading further and you will only have to control the mess that has already been spread. 
  3. Freeze all sources of data transformation. No data must go out or be received during this time period until and unless the breach has been stopped and the data is recovered. Stopping all internal and external data transformation is very crucial. 
  4. Check in with all your logging sources that the entries and actions are being monitored strictly during this time. Track every single activity. 
  5. Determination of the impact that the data breach has left on your systems and organization is very crucial. Make sure you look into it deeply and analyze everything in detail. This will help you in determining your solutions and figure out as to how you will reduce the damage that has been done. 
  6. Lastly, update your incident response breach plan every now and then to ensure that new and advanced solutions are added to it, for security. 


Handling a data breach is not easy and it will require a lot of patience and management skills. However, it is crucial to understand that communication through it all is very vital and will help you take all the needed steps more effectively and rapidly too. 

Osho Garg

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