Your Email Was Hacked…Now What?

Your Email Was Hacked…Now What?


It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month!

In the last few weeks several people mentioned they were hacked: both personal and work email. I wanted to share few tips that could not only prevent this from occurring, but help you respond to it.

When this happens, the first question I usually get is: how did this happen? The truth is it can happen in multiple ways: a compromised website link, another affected email account within your network at work, public Wi-Fi network, or your phone was compromised. It’s typically hard to pin down exactly.

Here are 3 top prevention tips:

  1. When you change your password (try to have at least 18 characters).
  2. Complete the latest security updates on your computer (and phone) when prompted.
  3. Try to not use public Wi-Fi networks.

What to do after your email is hacked:

  1. Check any related accounts (for example, if you have a PayPal account connected to your compromised account, or the company bank account linked to that email account).
  2. Continue to be weary of links on emails, even if it comes from trusted source.

Work Networks:

  1. Have your IT team scan for malware.
  2. You will want to let your IT team know in case another company account or network is affected.





I was honored to be feature in this ACEDS article. Please see the full article below.

This week, intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee. The breach was a high-profile embarrassment for the organization, forcing DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign. But it is only the latest sign that many organizations are vulnerable to a data breach.

Recovering from a data breach is a technical question. But it is also an ethical, practical question. For example, what is your duty to make your clients whole? How do you repair your reputation? And how can a law firm or business protect against financial losses following a hack? … Click here for full article.

Law Firms and Cyber Breaches: Three Things to Know

Law Firms and Cyber Breaches: Three Things to Know
I was honored and thankful to speak at the ACEDS Conference.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn the deeper security challenges to companies and to share my insights of working with small and medium sized businesses in bridging the gap between physical & cyber concerns.
What to consider:
1. Almost 80% data breaches arise from internal staff – train your staff.
2. Law firms have to be part of the cyber solution. (i.e, Panama Papers). Know the threat landscape for your industry.
3. How are you collaborating with internal and externals partners (IT, Managing Director, computer forensics experts, and other stakeholders).
Stay tuned for my upcoming article detailing what law firms need to know to prevent breaches.
Jessica Robinson, is a writer and Founder & CEO of PurePoint International. She has worked with a top 40 company and with the 2015 US Open. As a security & risk management expert and outsourced CSO (Chief Security Officer), she advises and consults with small and medium sized businesses on cyber prevention and response. Learn more at