It tends to be the worst fear of any cybersecurity profession to be informed by a third party entity or even by law that he or she has suffered a data breach. Due to advancement of cybercriminal technology, one would need to also figure out the best technology that would secure his or her company’s data from data breaches. One would also need to remember that data breaches tend to not only to have an intruder access information but also tends to lead to public embarrassment which may lead to customer defection as well as other related side effects. The company may also end up losing trading partners. Even when there are measures to make sure that there is no data breach, it would be essential to make sure that one identifies signs that there is any exfiltration on your network and hence figure out a way of responding on time.
Among the first signal that all is not well with the network would include critical file changes. In most cases, cybercrime begins by replacement, deletion, modification and changing of files on the network. Depending on the criminal in question the changes can take only a few minutes to make these changes and may need the organization to be actively monitoring to detect such changes. For any company with complex IT infrastructures, it may take longer for the organization to note especially where the team in charge of data breaches is not up to task. The experts should always focus on differentiating between normal network changes and suspicious changes on the network. It would be critical to work with an expert who is updated with the most recent exfiltration technology by cybercriminals.
One would also need to be alarmed especially in a case where the internet is extremely slow. An instance of slow abnormally very slow internet may be yet another sign that there is data breach and hence the need to move fast to secure the network. You may, therefore, consider an immediate report and investigation of your company network or your devices the moment you not that your internet is suspiciously slower than normal. Among the possible causes of the slow internet may include a malware on the devices, a virus as well as possible outbound traffic.
One would also need to note that the devices may be tampered with as well. In a case where there is any device that is noted to be running after it was turned on, it simply means that someone on-site or with remote control tampered with the device. Weird browser toolbars, popup messages, and antivirus warnings may be some of the indications that your device is bugged. It would be safe for one to make sure that he or she has the devices checked by an expert before moving on to work with the device in question.