As a consumer in the digital age, it is likely that your personal information has been compromised as part of a security breach somewhere. Some notable corporate breaches in recent years have included companies such as Home Depot, Yahoo, and Equifax, but the reality is that there are many more that you probably haven’t heard of unless your personal information was directly affected.
But even when companies do notify consumers about a breach, the question of timing always seems to come up. Is it prudent for an organization to wait months while they do an internal investigation before alerting the public? Should law enforcement have the ability to prevent disclosure of a breach to protect the interests of their investigation? If a company is aware of a breach, but genuinely believes no consumer data was compromised are they obligated to make the breach known just in case it turns out personally identifying information was impacted?
These are some of the many questions that IT security experts, regulatory officials, and business leaders regularly discuss when considering the best security breach notification policies and procedures. One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that the best way to avoid these difficult conversations is to protect your business from falling victim to a breach by keeping up with the latest IT security protocols. Additionally, it is important for businesses to have an effective disaster recovery plan in place, so that should the worst case scenario happen, you can quickly restore critical business functions and focus your attention to the causes and potential impacts of the security breach, including but not limited to a compromise of consumer information.
As your local IT experts, ATB can help small and medium-sized businesses minimize the risk of a security breach and help you ensure business continuity in the face of breaches and other technology-impacting disasters. Contact us for a complimentary consultation and learn more about how our cybersecurity and disaster recovery services can work for you!