Data Breach Response Plans

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Instructor: Kaitlin Oglesby

Kaitlin has a BA in political science and extensive experience working in the business world as Director of Marketing and Business Development at a financial advice firm.

While database administrators and CIOs may do well to hope that they never have to contend with a data breach, they should nonetheless make sure that a response plan is in place. In this lesson, we'll look at how you can prepare yourself against a breach, and what you can do after one occurs.

Data Breaches

Unfortunately, data breaches, or a leak of secure information, are a continuing concern for companies of all sizes. As more and more of our lives move into the digital sphere, this is only going to continue to become a more acute threat. However, there are steps that can be taken before and after a data breach to avoid them, as well as limit the damage once it is done. In this lesson, we'll learn how to prepare a response plan, or a plan of action, against data breaches.

Before the Breach

Not surprisingly, the old adage of an ounce of preparation being worth a pound of cure is very true when it comes to protecting data. The more steps that you can take to keep your information safe, the less likely you will be to actually have to draw on the information that you learn elsewhere in this lesson.

First of all, make sure that you have a plan in place to respond. Identify a team of people who will be responsible, as well as making sure that they know what they should do in the event of a data breach. Make sure that you have different plans for different types of data breaches. Pivotal to this is emphasizing the importance of not losing devices that link back to data.

Finally, check on your data. Make sure that sensitive data is well protected, that all data is backed up, and that there is not an easy way for outsiders or disgruntled insiders to access the data.

After the Breach

Even if a data breach occurs, there is still a great deal that can be done to mitigate the situation. First things first, make sure that there was an actual data breach. While this may sound rather elementary, the treatment for a non-existent data breach could end up having a negative impact on your company. Additionally, through this investigation, you will also be able to learn a great deal about the data breach itself. Was it an outside job or the work of a disgruntled employee? These facts can help make sure that the response is as appropriate as possible.

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