Business owners who operate under the assumption that they will experience a cyber breach at some point are often the ones who are most prepared. This doesn’t mean you have to live in fear of getting attacked, but when you understand the likelihood of experiencing a breach, you’re more likely to put together a proactive IT management strategy to be prepared. Managing a cyber breach starts with having a comprehensive disaster recovery plan and working with the right company to implement it. Your in-house IT staff likely isn’t equipped to handle a massive breach, so here are some best practices for doing so.
Set And Test A Disaster Recovery Plan
A disaster recovery plan is essential to carry out when managing a cyber breach. The plan could involve shutting down all networks and servers to prevent the hacker from compromising more systems, and it could also allow employees to continue working on backup external servers to minimize lost work time. Every disaster recovery plan has the same basic objectives, but businesses have different needs and can tailor their strategy based on those needs. Just be sure to test your plan regularly to ensure it’s ready to put into action when needed.
Define Roles For Employees To Follow
When all employees are on the same page, the process of managing a cyber breach will go much more smoothly. This starts with having a proactive IT management strategy of educating employees on what they should and shouldn’t do when an attack occurs. It’s easy to have a moment of panic when you first realize your networks and servers are under attack. However, when procedures and protocols have been discussed and rehearsed, employees will feel more at ease when they know exactly what’s expected of them.
Stick With Your Plan, And Make Proactive Adjustments
The whole idea of a disaster recovery plan is to have a plan set in stone in the event of a cyber attack. Business owners will often deviate from the plan in the heat of the moment, which is sometimes the worst thing they can do. Stick with the plan you’ve developed and tested, and make any proactive adjustments as needed. Consulting with your managed security service provider is essential before making any critical decisions.
At Single Point of Contact, we are here for businesses of all sizes when everything is running smoothly and especially during vulnerable moments. We know how frantic an organization can get when a cyber attack is imminent. We are always here to prepare you for the moment and take control when a cyber breach is happening. For more tips on how to be proactive before, during and after a cyber breach, contact us at any time and we would be happy to discuss your options with you.