All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Top 10 data breach survival tips after eBay, Spotify and Office breaches

30 May 2014

With eBay, Spotify and even shoe seller Office all having suffered data breaches in the past few weeks it is clear hackers' interest in corporate data is growing all the time.

These firms can't plead ignorance of the threat either, as recent research from security firm Symantec reported hackers managed to successfully compromise 552 million web users' identities over the past year, so the risk has already been well documented.

Not only can a breach result in the victim losing customer trust and future business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can hit organisations with fines as high as £500,000 for data loss incidents. All in all, data breaches can be costly affairs.

In light of all these recent incidents the need for IT managers and businesses as a whole to know how to handle a data breach is more essential than ever. So V3 has put together a survival guide that could help save the day. Read on.

10. Don't alert hackers you're on to them too quickly 

hacker-computerThe temptation whenever you spot an intruder on your network is to act immediately and kick them out straight away. But, as noted by numerous security providers, including BAE Systems, this approach is fairly short-sighted.

By acting rashly you can alert the hackers that you're on to them too early, meaning they can adapt their tactics to dodge your defensive measures. A rushed strike can also make it more difficult to understand the full extent of the breach as it gives the hackers time to hide their tracks and makes it harder for IT managers to do key things, like finding and fixing the attackers' point of entry.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  

V3 serves an audience of IT buyers and business decision-makers with up-to-the-minute news, reviews and analysis written by a team of expert IT journalists in the UK and Silicon Valley. V3 delivers real-time IT news, features and analysis alongside product reviews, software downloads, video demos, blogs, white papers and IT jobs to a broad audience of IT professionals and enthusiasts.

More on Security
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Related jobs

IT curriculum poll

With coding now compulsory in schools, how important are digital skills for the next generation of school leavers?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
V3 Security Summit

V3 Security Summit Day 2: Botnet, skills and BYOD intelligence incoming

Keep V3 bookmarked for news updates on all the key security concerns and topics facing businesses

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Solutions Architect - Infrastructure

Job title: Solution Architect - Infrastructure Location...

Software Engineers - L2/L3 SDN, NFV, C++

We have requirment for Software Engineers for one of...

Retail Banking Business Analyst

Retail Banking Business Analyst My client's start...

SharePoint Junior Developer

Role summary The SharePoint Developer will take an...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.