By Dr. Bianca Baker-Eck: Criminal/Cyber Psychologist & Associate Consultant at Monarch ISC, Inc.
The number of hacking incidents against US companies has increased significantly in recent years. The impact of these hacking incidents can be significant, and even devastating, for the companies affected, their personnel, and their customers. Such attacks can lead to the obvious impacts, including theft of sensitive data, financial losses, and damage to the company’s reputation. What we rarely -if ever- address are the psychological repercussions to the employees of hacked companies.
When a company is hacked, it can have a significant impact on the psychological well-being of its employees:
There are various ways to help combat these psychological effects:
This article seeks to spread awareness of this growing phenomenon. There is a lot more to know about what psychological side effects may occur, developing strategies and tactics to manage incidents, and preventative measures to take in order to reduce the intensity of an impact if a company falls victim to a cyber-attack. For more information about the many dimensions of cybersecurity incident management, please contact Monarch ISC, Inc.
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