5 Steps to Take in the Wake of a Data Security Breach

by Evil HR Lady on February 20, 2018

Equifax, Target and Yahoo each suffered a massive data security breach that made their customers vulnerable. While you may think you are safe because your customer data isn’t nearly as interesting as these giant corporations, nothing could be farther from the truth. Hackers love small businesses because they tend to be easier to attack.

According to CNBC, hackers have already breached 14 million small businesses in the United States. If you are (or become) one of these businesses, here are five steps to immediately take in the wake of a data security breach.

1. Report the Hack

You may want to keep it quiet, but that’s considered illegal in most states. As Fortune points out, only Alabama, New Mexico and South Dakota do not have data breach laws. Your customers have a right to know that there has been a data security breach that affects them. Depending on your business and what information you hold, a hack might put clients at serious financial or security risk. If you don’t tell them, they are likely to find out eventually—and the results could be worse for you.

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ML February 20, 2018 at 7:13 pm

This doesn’t mention preventative measures like data backup and post-breach data recovery. Those are really important when recovering from a breach.


Slippy February 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm

You missed a big one.
Conduct a forensic investigation to find out the sum total of what was accessed and stolen (don’t be Yahoo and have to do several mea culpas for the same incident). Also, attackers like to leave behind little presents to allow them to easily gain access later after you think you have fixed everything.


kkdr February 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm

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