Hacking, disaster recover, potential risk!

To most of us the Internet seems like the wild wild west and although there is no such thing as cattle rustling it does at times seem possible.   The bad guys are roaming around as individuals or grouped together as gangs and they are attacking everything and anything that they can.

Your web site or E-commerce site can be brought down on a whim through either a concerted DDOS from someone or something you have upset or by accident when you have posted a special that everyone wants.

For a small or medium business or not for profit organisation website downtime could be less than an inconvenience.  But damage to reputation and revenue could be devastation.   If your website if doing $100,000 per month the loss of a single day could impact your bottom line significantly.

When dealing with most disaster recovery scenarios power outages, virus infections, human error and natural disasters are what most decision makers think about.   A DDOS attack is not usually thought about in the same terms but a sustained DDOS attack of 24 – 48 hours could have serious implications for an E-commerce site.

The potential risk to a business from an Internet attack could well be significant in both reputation and financial.   When creating your disaster recovery plan make sure that these areas of the business are also included.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.

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