What Should You Do If Your Company Accidentally Leaks Your Customers’ Data?

No matter how much we try, we are all going to make a mistake at some point in our life. That is just the nature of things. Mistakes are how we learn and because of them we usually end up with a better product. If you own a business, you are going to make many mistakes but some mistakes will be bigger than others. Some mistakes you will be able to shake off and make everything better. But other mistakes will come back to haunt you and your customers for a long time.

What Should You Do If Your Company Accidentally Leaks Your Customers' Data

In this modern day of computers, one of the biggest mistakes that your business can make is the leaking of your customers’ data. No matter if it is directly your fault or somebody was able to break into your computer system, it is still considered your mistake and something that must be corrected. So what should you do if something like this happens to your company? That is what this article is about. I will walk you down the steps that you should take to make sure that you not only clean up your mess, but also prevent it from happening again.

Admit your mistake

The number one thing that you should do is to admit your mistakes. There have been too many companies in the past that denied they did anything wrong until it was too late. You might even feel as if your business is not at fault and that you should not be blamed but if the leak happened on your company’s watch, you will be. You might as well accept responsibility early on so that your customers feel more at ease. If you are deflecting the blame for a long period of time then your customers are going to feel as if the situation is unstable and not being worked on. That is the worst feeling that you can give a customer. Even if something bad is going on, your customers want to feel like everything is stable. If you cannot give them that then they will look for someone who can.

Figure out what happened as soon as possible

There is nothing that scares customers and the company more than not knowing where the data leak came from. Were you attacked, was it the fault of the software? That is something that you need to figure out as soon as possible. If you do not then the question is going to linger and the leak might happen again. If that happens, then you will lose many customers because they will feel as if your company cannot be trusted. So make sure that you do a full on investigation. You need to know the truth just as much as your customers do. It is the only way that you can be sure that your system is back to being secured.

Fixing anything that needs to be fixed

After you figure out the problem make sure you have fixed what needs to be fixed. Some companies have a habit of finding the problem and putting a band aid on it. That is a bad thing to do and you should not think that way. Even though the cost of fixing the problem might be expensive you should try your best to offer a real solution. Band aids eventually come off and this could lead to your company’s data being exposed again.

You must remember that fixing the problem may include getting new computer systems or firing the person who caused the problem. Nothing should be off the table. If it was the cause of the problem then it should be eliminated. Your customers will not be in a forgiving mode if a problem like this happens again.

Be proactive in the future

There is nothing better than being proactive to stop a problem before it starts. When you are proactive you will not be able to stop every problem that you come across but you will be able to stop most of them. And that is all that can be expected. No-one can expect you to be able to find every problem before it is exposed but you can find a lot of them by proactive means. This might include hiring the right people, bringing in the right computer systems, and setting the right policies for people who work in the company already.

If you are a business who has experienced a data leak then you must follow the steps in the above article to make the situation better. If you do not then you can lose the trust of your customers and the credibility that you need to run a successful business.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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