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May 08

A 10-Point Plan for Businesses (Without Being Overwhelmed)

Common Warnings for Data Breaches

It tends to be disturbing for any company or business to come to learn that there is a data breach on its networks. Even with the growth of technology towards securing data and minimizing risk, some organizations tend to become victims of exfiltration of sensitive data from their system which can last for weeks or even months. One would not only have data in the wrong hands but would also lead to possible customer loss, public embarrassment among others. Trade partners for the business in question may also become skeptical about the business in question especially where the breach is highly publicized. It would be critical to making sure that, there is no data breach something that demands continuous monitoring of the network.

Among the first signal that all is not well with the network would include critical file changes. One would need to note that cybercriminals have high chances of deleting files, replacing files, modifying them or even changing them to avoid any detection. Depending on the criminal in question the changes can take only a few minutes to make these changes and may need the organization to be actively monitoring to detect such changes. It would be critical to figure out real time monitoring of the network especially for a company that deals with high end data. In that case, it would be critical difference between normal changes and data breaches. It would be critical to work with an expert who is updated with the most recent exfiltration technology by cybercriminals.

Another a sign that all is not well with the network includes instances where the internet is extremely slow. Where the internet is abnormally slow, there are high chances that there is a possible exfiltration plan and hence the need to act fast. Among the best decisions one can make include reporting to the experts with an intention of investigation of the network in question as well as company’s devices. Slower internet may be an indication that there is a virus, an onboard malware, or even outbound traffic.

There are also instances where there tends to be tampering of the devices. In a case where a given device tends to run after it was initially switched off, it indicates a flag no one should ignore. You would also be alarmed the moment there are fake antivirus warnings, popup messages, or even weird browser toolbars. One would avoid interacting with the device more until an expert figures out whether it is a data breach or not.