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What To Do When Your Data Security Is Compromised

Did you know that in the last year, 35% of businesses reported that they didn’t notice a security breach right away? That means that more than 1 in 3 businesses would be suffering from a breach without realising.

This is obviously a very large issue and many SMEs are facing it every single day. With GDPR in place and data protection being more prevalent than ever, the strength of data security in businesses has never been more important.

Between January 2017 and 2019, there were more than 7 million cyber attacks reported. This huge figure shows just how vulnerable your IT security can be. So, what do you do when your SME’s data security is compromised?

Find The Issue

It may seem like the simplest of first steps, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook it. The first thing to do when your data security has been compromised is to isolate the issue. If you don’t find out what happened, then there’s no possible way to prevent it happening again in the future.

Did you know that around 69% of businesses who have dealt with a disruptive data security breach were unable to find out what caused it? Trust us when we tell you that you don’t want to be amongst these statistics as you’ll risk having the same issue occur in the future. If you’re struggling to get to the route of the problem, be sure to get some expert help.

Communicating The Breach

Naturally, the last thing you’ll want to do is tell your customers about a data breach. However, there are certain laws in place that require you to inform them. Your GDPR consultant will inform you of how you should be communicating, but overall, honesty is the best policy.

You will need to report your data breach to the ICO within 72 hours of it happening so you will need to work quickly. It’s a wise idea to communicate the breach to customers once you’re fully aware of what happened and have a solution in place to stop it happening again. This can go a long way in terms of your brand’s reputation recovering.

Secure Your Cloud Systems

Surprisingly, many security breaches are actually caused by a lack of data security in cloud-based systems. Cloud-based systems offer endless benefits, however, they can also  come with some risks that you may not be aware of.

Whilst you might have a Cyber Essentials package in place, if you’re not considering your cloud systems in your security plan, your data will not be secure. Once a data breach has occurred, you must make it a priority to spend time analysing this element of your business and any further risks it may pose.

You should reassess your password procedures and regularly assess staff member’s access levels. For example:

  • Removing access from anyone who no longer needs it
  • Considering two-factor authentication to improve your information security management

Be Proactive             

When your data security is compromised, you need to ensure that you’re working to prevent it happening again. You may think, ‘How can I do that? I can’t predict the future.’ Well you need to make it a priority to find the best cyber security services for your business.

At Omicron, our managed security services can help you protect your data and reduce the risk of any breaches in the future. Your business will get its own GDPR consultant who will help you improve your business’ operations. While being reactive to this kind of situation is important, a proactive approach is always the best one to take; and that it what we pride ourselves on.

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Data security is at the core of every task we undertake. We work hard to ensure that all of your data security needs are exceeded and we are always working alongside new and best practice.

If you have recently noticed a breach in your security or are hoping to prevent such a disaster from happening in the future, get in touch with Omicron. We are always happy to help and point your business in the right direction

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