When you suspect a breach in your computer or network, panic might be your first reaction. However, your response can make all the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major disaster. In today's blog, our experts from Cybertools, serving businesses in Puyallup, Tacoma, and the greater Seattle area, delve into the signs of compromise and the crucial steps to take for damage control.

Signs of an Issue:

  1. Slow Performance: Noticeably sluggish computer or network operations may indicate malicious activity taxing your system's resources.
  2. Sudden Crashes: Frequent system crashes or freezes, especially without any apparent cause, could signal a cybersecurity threat.
  3. Pop-Ups and Alerts: Rapidly appearing pop-ups or security alerts, especially those prompting unusual actions, should raise suspicions.
  4. Locked Accounts: Unexpected lockouts from user accounts, particularly when accompanied by unusual activity, may signify unauthorized access attempts.
  5. File Changes: Abrupt and unexplained alterations to files or file structures, such as missing or corrupted data, could suggest malicious tampering.
  6. Abnormal System Behavior: Any irregular behavior from your device, like running after shutdown commands or launching applications without user interaction, warrants investigation.

What To Do Next:

  1. Isolate the Incident: Take immediate action to isolate the affected device or network segment. Disconnect it from the internet and other connected systems to prevent further spread of the breach. However, refrain from rebooting the device, as this could trigger malicious processes that exacerbate the situation.
  2. Call Your IT Team Immediately: Notify your IT support team without delay. Experienced professionals can swiftly assess the situation, identify the extent of the breach, and implement necessary containment measures. Avoid attempting to resolve the issue independently, as misguided actions could exacerbate the damage.
  3. Engage Your Attorney: Seek legal counsel promptly to navigate potential legal implications of the breach, including regulatory compliance and liability concerns. Your attorney can provide valuable guidance on regulatory requirements, communication strategies, and potential liabilities associated with the incident.
  4. Secure Accounts: As your IT team works to contain the breach, prioritize securing all accounts associated with your business. Change passwords for affected accounts and implement multifactor authentication where possible to enhance security measures. Begin with accounts containing sensitive or financial information, such as banking credentials and administrative privileges.
  5. Monitor Bank Accounts: Vigilantly monitor your business's financial accounts for any suspicious or unauthorized transactions. Act promptly to report any irregularities to your financial institution and initiate necessary fraud mitigation measures.

If you're experiencing a cyber-attack, time is critical. Act swiftly and decisively, leveraging professional expertise to minimize potential damages. At Cybertools, we offer FREE Cyber Security Risk Assessments to identify vulnerabilities and develop proactive defense strategies tailored to your business needs. Don't wait for an attack to strike – schedule your assessment today at www.cybertools.us/cyber-security-assessment/ or call 253-655-2220.