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Data Breach Planning and Response for Small Business

This guide is designed for small businesses who want to create a response plan that can be quickly executed in the wake of a data breach event.

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It's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when.

Almost one-in-three cybersecurity breaches in 2020 have involved small businesses, according to the Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report, indicating that no business is immune to hackers and malicious attacks designed to gain access to sensitive data and IT resources.

Even the most well documented and tested security best practices can fail, and you need to have a plan in place to handle security events as quickly as possible. An inability to respond in a timely manner can have an impact on operations and revenue, your business’s reputation, and even lead to closure.

This guide details the process of creating procedures to be taken in the wake of a data breach, including actions for the first 24 hours, tasks designed to remediate identified risks, communicate with customers and partners, and comply with federal and state regulations.

In this guide

  • Business leadership's role in response planning
  • Assembling your team and response partners
  • Initial breach response procedure and next steps
  • Response plan testing, simulations, and maintenance

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