5 Best Ways to Prevent and Respond to Data Breaches
Electronically stored information is vulnerable to hacking, point blank. Even some of the most sophisticated computer systems can find themselves vulnerable to a sophisticated cyberattack -- or, more likely, a careless employee. And so long as you have valuable information stored on computers, you need to be ready for a potential data breach.
To help you out, here are our top tips for in-house counsel on preventing and responding to data breaches, from the FindLaw archives.
Russian hacking and Chinese cyber espionage may make headlines, but the biggest threat to your data security isn't outsiders. It's you -- and everyone else in the company. Employee negligence and theft are responsible for more than 50 percent of all data breaches, according to a recent survey.
Most corporations don't handle their privacy and data security issues in house, according to a new survey. In fact, the vast majority of them bring on outside counsel. So, if you're looking to prove the value of the legal department, maybe step up your data security game -- or make sure you get a good deal with outside counsel.
When it comes to getting hacked, the question isn't if, it's when. But careful planning can help you respond quickly and effectively, minimizing as much damage as you can. Let these three questions help guide your data security prep.
When you discover that you've been hacked, get ready to inform your customers. Many states have data breach notification laws that require you to quickly send notice to customers when their sensitive information has been compromised.
A data breach is bad. But ensuing FTC enforcement actions and private litigation can be worse. Here's what you might be able to expect, after a hack.
- A Quick Guide to the Worst Corporate Hack Attacks (Bloomberg)
- In-House Attorneys, Are You an Ethical Champion or Just Coasting? (FindLaw's In House)
- Legal Depts Are Too Easy to Hack. Here's How to Protect Yourself (FindLaw's In House)
- Simple Data Protection Steps Could Have Prevented the Astros Hack (FindLaw's In House)