The possibility of hackers gaining access to your information is unsettling. To actually learn that you have been hacked and your information is in the hands of nefarious individuals will nearly drive you insane. So, what should you do when this happens?
What You Need to Do First
If the organization that holds your personal data is compromised, you must act quickly and take certain steps.
- Seek confirmation that a breach has indeed occurred, and your information is at risk
- Identify the type of breach that has occurred
- Confirm what information (if any) has been compromised
- Find out if the hackers with your data have personal identifiable information (PII)
What actions should you take at every step? Read on for tips on how to respond every step of the way.
Response to Data Breach
Confirm the Breach and Whether Your Data is Exposed
You do not want to panic based on a possible rumor. The first thing you should do is confirm that a breach has actually occurred. You may even receive an email or some form of correspondence informing you that there is a breach.