A Data Breach Incident Response Plan Can Minimize The Damage Caused by a Data Breach

Cyber-criminals are moving down the food chain. As larger corporations spend millions of dollars enhancing their cyber-security, data thieves and phishing-scammers are increasingly targeting small to mid-size companies. These smaller businesses typically lack the financial resources of Fortune 500 companies; accordingly, the bad guys are setting their sights on these relatively easy targets.

Cyber-crime is now everybody's problem. Although it is impossible eliminate your company's risk of suffering a cyber-attack or data-breach, there are small steps every small business can take to minimize the risk of suffering a catastrophic breach. The easiest of these steps is to draft, implement, and follow a Data Breach Incident Response Plan. 

A good Data Breach Incident Response Plan will include written instructions for your employees to follow in the event of a data breach. It should identify an Incident Response Team. Ideally, it will include sample notification letters for affected individuals, as well as notices to local, state, and federal authorities. 

No one plan will fit every small business. Talk to your company's legal counsel, IT-provider, and insurance carrier about drafting and implementing a Data Breach Incident Response Plan before your company suffers its next data breach.

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Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is a partner in the Litigation, Labor & Employment Practice Group at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. EDUCATION: J.D., George Washington University Law School Georgetown University - B.A., magna cum laude Nichols High School School (Buffalo, New York) EMPLOYMENT: Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP - A partner in the Litigation Practice Group INTERESTS: Member, Nichols School Alumni Board Past Board Member and Officer, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association Bennett High School's Law Magnet Program Bar Association of Erie County Annual Mock Trial Tournament Attorney Coach Past Member, Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Past Member, Child & Family Services Annual Fund Board Leadership Buffalo Graduate, Class of 2006