Stolen HardwareUnfortunately, computer theft is not out of the question. Besides the financial implications, if a business is broken into, company information on any stolen devices is a concern. If your laptop has been stolen, (hopefully your IT team encrypted it!) then you’ll need to secure your identity and other highly important information stored on that device right away. To ensure that the culprit cannot access your info, you’ll want to immediately log out of sessions remotely and contact your financial institutions to alert them of the situation. Be sure also to report the theft to your local police to initiate an investigation into the theft.
Hacked DataFrom passwords to banking information, hackers illegally access computer systems to steal personal data. Changing passwords regularly is a preventative measure that you can use to avoid a data breach. However, if you suspect that your data has been hacked, you’ll need to change your passwords immediately. In the event of a significant data breach, you also need to monitor your accounts, consider freezing your credit, and watch for company updates to ensure that you’ve wholly addressed the breach.
Computer VirusesComputer viruses can enter your system by disguising themselves within legitimate programs and documents that execute their codes. To guard against virus threats, be sure to keep all your website and network protection up to date, as well as other software and your browser. If you think there’s a virus on your computer, there are immediate steps you can take to identify and resolve the issue. First, run a virus scanner to check for virus presence. If your software run detects a virus, it may identify files that you should delete. Then, you’ll want to disconnect from the internet and reboot your computer.
Ransomware AttacksRansomware is one of the most dangerous software threats that a company can face. It acts as a block to computer system access until a ransom is received. If you’ve been attacked by ransomware, it’s crucial to assess the attack as quickly as possible, and we can’t stress enough the importance of looking to the experts. In the case of a ransomware attack, your Cybersecurity Insurance provider will engage a forensic team and likely Federal Law Enforcement. If you are reading this and do not have a Cybersecurity Insurance policy, please get one ASAP! Ransomware is a malicious technology that’s constantly evolving, and so it is also vital to already have someone who specializes in the threat on the line. While you may be able to retrieve your data from backups, some ransomware is more advanced and could affect those too.
Be proactive!These are not comprehensive instructions, just immediate steps you may take. As mentioned, the best move is a proactive one. You can face cybersecurity challenges with confidence if you’ve established three operations standards:
- Complete a comprehensive assessment of your IT framework and possible weaknesses.
- Focus on implementation and management of effective security controls.
- Have a plan for handling and responding to security incidents.