Why Your Business Needs a Data Breach Response Playbook
November 29, 2021 at 10:30 PM
Image of a group of people working from a data breach playbook after getting hacked.

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues that private sector enterprises face today. It’s not a matter of if you’ll have to deal with a data breach, but rather, when. By taking the threat seriously and incorporating response readiness into company training, you can minimize the disruption and cost of hackers and cybercriminals.

Few organizations have the resources to provide this training and expertise for themselves. By working with a cybersecurity consulting firm, your organization gets the protection it needs against threats without the expense of an in-house department. One of the essential aspects of handling cyber attacks on your company is a current, comprehensive data breach response playbook.

What is a data breach?

A data breach is when hackers conduct an assault on your organization’s network to get access to your company and client data. Hackers steal data to make money, which happens in a variety of ways:

  • Selling it to other hackers on the dark web
  • Conducting identity theft
  • Using login credentials for account takeover
  • Phishing attacks and extortion schemes
  • Damage company image by soliciting false payments and phishing

Ultimately, data breaches cost companies money. However, it’s possible to minimize the impact on your organization. Cyber security experts work with companies to prepare them for data breaches and leaks, so the effect on their organization is minimal.

How does a response playbook help during a data breach?

A response playbook outlines everything your organization needs to do following a data breach, beginning with recognizing an attack. It helps your team maintain cool heads and act quickly and control to minimize the impact of the cyber attack.

Your team has designated roles and workflows to contain disruption instead of responding with uncertainty, fear, and panic following an attack.

What should your organization’s playbook include?

A playbook is only practical if it contains processes and strategies relevant to your organization. There’s no single data breach playbook that will work for every company, which is why it’s essential to develop one customized to your operation and team. A few of the items it should include are:

  • Breach recognition training
  • Group and individual roles and responsibilities during the breach–including who is part of the response team
  • Internal and external messaging strategies
  • Workflows for every department following a breach

Developing your data breach response playbook is just the first step. You also need to ensure that the playbook is effective, which is why it’s critical to work with an external consulting agency to conduct simulation exercises.

Get better results by working with a consultant for your data breach response.

The first thing a cyber security consultant like The Baran Agency does is evaluate your current response plan to conduct a gap analysis. They bring expertise and experience to identify the areas in which your established strategies fall short and those where they’re excessive. Plus, they’ll provide training and support to go with the playbook.

A playbook is just one aspect of a readiness strategy, no matter how comprehensive. Employee and simulation training ensures your team knows how to respond and recognize a breach’s early warning signs.

The Baran Agency delivers military-grade cybersecurity to clients. We provide everything clients need to recover quickly and completely from cyberattacks with penetration testing, breach simulations, and data breach response playbooks.

The Baran Agency gives clients proactive tools for cyber security, including data breach response playbooks.

We help private sector clients to meet CMMC cybersecurity guidelines to ensure they’re secure as DoD contractors. Our goal is to provide comprehensive services to enable enterprises to prepare for, defend against, and recover from cybersecurity attacks. Instead of worrying about hackers and data leaks, focus on what you do best––running your company.

The Baran Agency offers military-grade security to the private sector with proven services and techniques. Contact our team for a free consultation whether you need risk assessment, response training, or data breach response playbooks.