By Christopher Laing | Security Consultant at Nettitude
Please note: The following blog post is relevant to our UK and European readers specifically, although the concept of identifying a data breach is relevant on a global scale.
In our line of work, we very often see businesses rush into panic mode when they suspect a data breach. From releasing confidential information to a body who does not have permission to view it, to secure systems being hacked, there are many ways that personal data can be exposed either intentionally by malicious activity, or unintentionally by internal staff. Whilst there are some simple best-practice housekeeping which can be applied to prevent such breaches, unfortunately, data leaks still happen. The key to handling such data breaches, is firstly, knowing how to identify one.
Whilst it can seem like a major disaster at the time, sending your workforce into panic mode, sometimes the mishandling of data isn’t yet a breach. In this case, knowing how to identify a data breach is your best asset, before having to cry wolf! In the following blog post, we’ll cover how you can identify a data breach, so that you can take the best appropriate action should your business ever suffer a breach (touch wood!).