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When you’ve experienced an insider breach, your first thought is that you don’t want to have to reveal it. In many cases, you may fear that revealing the breach may cause you to lose business, upset customers, and cause future security problems for your business. The reality, however, is that it’s increasingly important for your business to report insider breaches caused by members of your team, whether inadvertently or deliberately.

1. You control the initial release of information.

That means that you’re able to control the attitude your customers and others will have about the breach. Chances are, eventually, someone is going to find out that the breach has occurred. If they release the information first, they’re going to control public opinion–and chances are, headlines splashed internet feeds “[Your Company] Conceals Insider Breach!” Staying ahead of the news by releasing the information on your own up front provides an opportunity to save face by sharing how the breach occurred, what customers need to know to feel secure and announce actions being taken to correct and prevent the situation for the future.

2. Immediately engage related vendors to prevent future breaches.

Collaborate with other businesses who have been through a similar breach and work with your IT team and third party vendors to seal up exposed vulnerabilities ASAP. By identifying the root of the issue early on, and notifying those who have access to your network, passwords can be changed and permissions can be reassessed and controlled for lower risk of an after-breach event.

3. Re-evaluate and redeploy in-house cyber training.

By disclosing the events of the data breach to members of the staff, you can take steps to train your employees to avoid potential breaches in the future and new cyber threats looming. Their involvement is critical to protecting your data security. Get the FREE e-BOOK: Employee Cyber Security Training Tips >>

Disclosing an insider breach can be intimidating. Taking care of disclosure yourself, however, means that you stay in better control of the situation. From controlling media releases to working more effectively with other companies to prevent future issues, disclosing an insider breach yourself is the best way to keep your business moving smoothly in spite of the breach. If you’re looking for more information about protecting your company, visit our website to learn how we can help. Three Reasons to Disclose an Insider Breach

Three Reasons to Disclose an Insider Breach

Michael R. Durante

Michael Durante spent his teenage years into his early 20s climbing the ladder in a branch of a successful banking firm, starting as a teller and ending as a Sr. Branch Manager within 6 years. In 2003, he left the banking world to join his father and create TIE National, a telecom company 60 years in the making. Together, they grew the company from a two-man operation solely working on telephones to a multi-million dollar international business with employees in over a dozen states, covering everything from phone systems to cloud products and computer systems. You can find Michael on LinkedIn.