On Monday you wake up with no memory of the previous night. You lost your wallet and your cell phone is lighting up with texts.
On Monday you wake up with no memory of the previous night. You lost your wallet and your cell phone is lighting up with texts. You discover that your car has been towed and your credit cards have been stolen. Your bank is calling to let you know your account has been compromised. Someone has hacked your email account and changed your password.
This scenario can easily play out in the workplace, too. We’ve all heard stories about employees who miss work for a variety of reasons and then get fired for incompetence. But what if you were caught stealing from your company? What if the company you work for paid for your car to be towed?
While it’s true that no two incidents are the same, most businesses would likely want to know as much as possible about a situation like this. Here are a few tips for what to do after a company you work for has been hacked.
1. Check your company email.
The first thing you should do after your company has been hacked is check your company email. You’ll want to find out if any suspicious activity has been made to your company email account, and if so, what exactly has happened.
If you’re a customer or have a partnership with your company, this is another good reason to check your email. You might be looking for emails from the IT department or executives that you didn’t get before the hack, and then looking for more information about what went wrong.
2. Contact the company’s legal team.
If you’re a company employee, then you should contact the legal team that is responsible for managing the legal responsibilities associated with the company’s corporate information. This is a very crucial step, because it’s possible that the legal team will be the only person you’ll have contact with about the hack.
3. Contact the company’s IT department.
If you’re an employee, you should contact the IT department to get more information about what happened. They might have more information than the legal team, or might be able to suggest who else to contact.
4. Contact the company’s CEO.
You may want to contact the CEO of the company to ask for a personal meeting so you can discuss the situation in more detail and find out what needs to be done.
5. Check your bank accounts.
If you’re a customer of the company, you should check your bank accounts to make sure that you haven’t been the victim of identity theft. If you have, then you should contact your bank immediately to put a stop on any transactions that may have taken place.
6. Contact the company’s credit monitoring agency.
A company’s credit monitoring agency should be able to tell you whether you should be worried about your personal credit. If your account has been compromised, you should ask for an assessment of the situation, and then contact the company directly to set up a plan to protect your credit.
If you’re a company employee, you should make sure you’re protected with all of the measures listed above, and should also make sure that you’re not the victim of identity theft.