Creating a Data Loss Incident Plan - Slide 9

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Data Loss Prevention Framework

Having a summary list of key systems, access credentials and key contacts is essential to threat mitigation and to minimize impact on business operations. This list should be kept secure yet accessible at all times to respond to not only data incidents, but to physical disasters or loss of key personnel. Such a list should include but not be limited to the following:

  • Registrar, including DNS access
  • Server hosting provider, including IP address
  • Cloud service providers including data backup, e-mail service providers and others
  • Payroll providers
  • Merchant card processor
  • Company credit cards
  • Bank accounts

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) advocates that all businesses create an incident response plan and be prepared for the likelihood that they will experience a breach or data loss in the future. The fact is breaches happen and often at the worst of times. Rather than be lulled into the belief it will not happen to your business, a well-designed plan is emerging as an essential part of regulatory compliance, demonstrating that a firm or organization is willing to take reasonable steps to protect data from abuse. Doing so is good business. Developing a plan can help to minimize risk to consumers, business partners and stockholders, while increasing brand protection and the long-term viability of a business.

This slideshow highlights key questions and recommendations for businesses to consider while building a data loss incident plan.

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