Video Guide: FTC Releases Data Breach Response

November 04, 2016//Ellen Neveux

Last Updated: November 18, 2020

Well-defined security standards are critical for any organization – no matter the size. An entity’s leadership must both outline policies as well as design an effective training curriculum. This also holds true for federal agencies that help define industry-wide standards.

Over the past two years, the number of data breaches has gone up by 16-18%. This rise has affected many factors – business costs/losses, consumer trust, new security innovations – but a key area, for which consumers demand attention be paid, is notification standardization.  In fact, an October survey conducted by the research firm Public Opinion showed 86% of respondents think the U.S. needs a national standard for breach responses.

As if in response to these new statistics, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released a video and guide on how businesses should respond to data breaches. The video details what to do if you suspect your company falls victim to a data breach. At just under three minutes long, it breaks down the process into three steps:

1) Secure your operations

2) Fix vulnerabilities

3) Notify appropriate parties.

Here’s the complete 16-page FTC data breach response guide.

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