All are major players in the healthcare, entertainment and retail industry. Not only are these hacks a wake-up call for Corporate America, sadly, they reveal that no business is immune from the potential consequences of data loss. In fact, a study done in 2013 showed 43% of companies experienced a data breach.
So breaches and hack attacks are much more common than anyone wants to admit, at least publicly.
What most people don’t realize is that these types of nefarious hacks aren’t just coming from mysterious external sources. Often, it’s that disgruntled or exiting employee who has compromised your company’s intellectual property, customer database, or super sensitive HR information.
Here are a couple things you can do, starting TODAY to help prevent your company from being the next big data breach story in your industry.
- Develop a response plan… Now. If you don’t have this already in place, schedule time to develop a timely response plan – one that includes notification of law enforcement, your company’s insurance carrier, as well as affected clients and individuals.
- Review your IT policies and procedures to identify potential data leak vulnerabilities. Once your review has been completed, mark your calendar for regular updates and periodic reviews.
- Establish plans and procedures for how your company deals with departing employees. That way, when a disgruntled or exiting employee leaves, there are no surprises. Again, employees who might be leaving to work for a competitor may pass internal information onto that competitor or breach company policy by copying files to an external insecure personal device.
SEAL Security Investigative Division’s computer forensic investigators can be a valuable asset to your HR department, especially when it comes to ensuring policy compliance or providing evidence of misconduct.