Cyber attacks can happen at any time to any business, no matter how big or small. While it's important to have a cyber security plan in place to prevent them from happening in the first place, it's also crucial to know what to do (and more importantly, what NOT to do) if your business does find itself the victim of a cyber attack.
Here are two things you should never do after a cyber attack.
Don't Ignore the Problem
The first and most important thing you should do after a cyber attack is to face the problem head-on. It can be tempting to try and sweep the whole thing under the rug and pretend it never happened, but that will not do you or your business any good in the long run.
Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and give the attackers more time to do damage. In fact, not doing anything about the threat only opens you up to new risks that could have been prevented.
For example, if you don't patch the security vulnerabilities that allowed the attackers in, they (or someone else) could easily exploit them again. And if you don't change the compromised passwords, the attackers will still have access to your systems. Your customers' information can easily get into the wrong hands and discredit your business's reputation.
So, even if you're tempted to ignore the problem, whether it's a password breach or a ransomware attack, remember there's more to lose if you don't take action.
Don't Delay in Seeking Help
Once you've realized you're under attack, it's important to seek help right away. Don't delay in contacting your cyber security team or a professional cyber security company. The sooner you get help, the better chance you have of minimizing the damage and getting your systems back up and running quickly.
Your cyber security team will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. For example, if you're dealing with a ransomware attack, they'll be able to restore your data from backups and get your systems up and running again. But if you wait too long, the attackers could delete your backups or encrypt them as well, leaving you with no way to recover your data.
The cyber security company will also help you shore up your defenses to prevent future attacks. For example, they might help you implement two-factor authentication or VPNs to make it more difficult for attackers to gain access to your systems.
For more info, contact a cyber security provider.