Cyberattacks are when a hacker gets into your computer systems and causes trouble. While most businesses have sophisticated software meant to protect against hackers, they can still manage to get through.
The National Law Review explains despite best efforts many businesses suffer due to cyberattacks that leave customer information vulnerable.
When a cyberattack results in a data breach, a business must act quickly. Leaving customer information open for hackers is a huge liability. Even if you did your best to protect it, a good attorney may be able to find some place where you dropped the ball, opening you up for lawsuits if your customers suffered any losses due to the breach.
A cyberattack can shut down your business operations. If you rely heavily on your computer systems, you may be unable to continue helping customers, providing products, manufacturing products or offering services. You would be closed until you could remedy the problem. This may lead to contract issues if your business provides services. You may find your business in court over breach of contract, and a judge may find you liable since you should have protected against the breach and had backups in place if something like this happened.
There is also the potential for you to get in legal trouble if you try to hide the cyberattack and breach from officials and customers. Lying about it or simply not revealing it is against the law. You must tell people what happened and warn customers if their data became vulnerable. If you fail to do this, you could face criminal charges.
A cyberattack is something no business wants to deal with, but they happen. You should have checks and balances and backup plans in place should your business fall prey to hackers.