What should you do if you discover there has been a security breach in your online business? The first (and probably the most important) step is not to panic; a security breach does not necessarily mean that you and your clients have become victims of identity theft. However, you will want to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible. Additionally, you will need to take appropriate steps to avoid a future breach. The following suggestions can help you handle and prevent an attack.
Determine the Type of Breach:
Usually, security breaches fall into one of the following four categories. These include:
- Debit or credit information theft at the point-of-sale
- A breach of an existing business banking account
- A driver’s license or government-issued ID information breach
- A breach of a personal ID (such as a Social Security) number
There are several steps to take, depending on which type of a security breach has occurred. As a business owner, you will want to find out the laws that apply specifically to the type of business you operate. Determining the details of the breach will help determine your next step. You will want need to monitor all account activity and notify financial institutions as expediently as possible. Remember to keep careful records regarding transactions. Moreover, it may be in your best interest to contact a legal advisor asap, such as an online Legal Vison representative, who can help sort out all details related to the specific security breach.
Avoiding Online Business Attacks
Unfortunately, online and small businesses frequently are targets. This is because most moderately sized businesses handle sensitive information, and the sites are generally easier for hackers to infiltrate. Additionally, small businesses are often more relaxed about account keeping and security measures. In order to avoid an attack, the best measure is to be proactive and take adequate steps to avoid an attack. Security is never a matter to be taken lightly, regardless of the size of your business. The following are some important actions that you can take.
- Keep your operating system, software, and computer hardware up-to-date.
- Use a dedicated computer for all financial transactions.
- Be cautious about conducting business with unfamiliar online vendors.
- Plug any leaky apps.
- Update records and ‘clean house’ often.
- Select antivirus and cloud servers that are well equipped to help prevent breaches.
- Change passwords frequently.
While these recommendations can help you deal with and avoid security breaches in online businesses, they also apply to individuals. Your antivirus software should be active and current at all times. Monitor any third party applications closely and never take anything for granted. Hackers are constantly looking for creative ways to compromise and steal sensitive information. The risk is constant and, as a business owner, you need to be vigilant in your efforts to prevent a potentially devastating breach.
If you have been victimized, take a deep breath then take immediate action. Learn the facts, consult a legal representative, stay on top of the situation and remember to remain a step ahead of the hacker’s game at all times.