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How to respond to a cyber security attack

In 2019 cyber security affects all businesses, no matter how small they might be, or from what industry or background they are from.

According to a Cyber Security Breaches survey carried out by the government, 43% of UK SMEs experienced a security breach in 2017.

Out of all the companies surveyed, however, only 13 per cent were found to have a procedure for if a security breach was to occur.

With that in mind, here are a few easy steps that you need to take if you experience a security breach.

Lock down your systems

The first thing you’ll need to do in the event of a breach is lock down your entire network.
The chances are that you’ll also need to take everything offline so that you restrict access to data.

Call the experts

If you have an inhouse IT department, you’ll need to alert them as soon as possible so they can assess what systems have been breached and what, if any, data has been accessed.

It is always recommended that businesses have a response team on hand to deal with any breaches.

This might also include representatives from HR and the board of directors (if you have one).

Report the incident to the correct authorities

If a breach has accessed personal data held by your organisation, the General Data Protection Regulation states that you must notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) within 72 hours.

Cases of online fraud or extortion must be reported to the police.

At this time, it is probably that you will start getting inquiries from concerned parties, including customers and clients.

Review your systems

Of course, it is integral that your company investigates how the breach happened so that you can tighten your security measures to ensure that the breach is not repeated.

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