Cyber criminals are sneaky, persistent and ruthless. We know this because of the number of large and small organisations that have their data exposed to the world. No one takes any notice. Another Ho Hum moment in the digital world!
Small and medium business organisations think that they are too small to be a target, it won’t happen to me or I have nothing worth stealing. Every hour in the digital world, 1 million Internet connections are compromised. No one takes any notice. Another Ho Hum moment in the digital world.
Ho Hum aside, how do we change the statistics and the attitudes so that user of the digital world are not exposed to one of the greatest dangers ever created. Cybercrime is on the increase, the bad guys are sneaky and we all have something worth stealing.
So why are we so blaze over it?
In business, the business driver is usually the owner, the manager, the executives (especially the CEO) and sometimes the board of directors. If these people have a blaze attitude to the digital world then everyone else in the business will also have that attitude.
We have anti-virus. We have a firewall. We have a disaster recovery plan. That is good. All business think that doing the bare minimum will protect them. This is a bad assumption.
We put locks on doors don’t we, but we also lock windows, have alarms and insurance. We know, in the real world, that locks are not enough. In digital space we are still only putting locks on doors. That is the difference!
The bad guys are evolving and persistent. In most cases the bad guys are teenagers, running basic automated systems, and more importantly they are always on. If they are really after you or your data then the basic locks on doors we have erected are never going to hold.
Fighting cybercrime is not a set and forget process. There is no silver bullet that will make your organisation more secure. Cyber security is an ongoing, whole of business, holistic process. It is not just added onto or bolted onto the business. It has to be woven into the very fabric of the organisation.
To protect your organisation you have to think like the bad guys. To protect your organisation you need to understand a few basic facts. From those fact create a risk analysis plan. The risks and data that needs to be protected and how it will be protected.
Here are three areas that are critical to protecting your organisation from cyber criminals.
Updates are critical to your business protection. Motherboards on servers, operating systems, applications, plug ins and anti-virus all need to be updated and kept updated regularly.
All malware targets a specific vulnerability that is known by the criminal underworld and by the manufacturer. In most cases the manufacturer will release a patch which will render that vulnerability unuseable. If the vulnerability is patched then the malware cannot compromise the system.
Know your most important information, where it is stored and who has access to it. All businesses have critical information without which the business would not function. This may include a CRM, price list, proto types, intellectual property. These are the keys to your kingdom. Know what they are and protect them accordingly.
Engage your staff to protect the organisation. Your people at the coal face are the ones receiving spam email that could be infected with malware. They are doing research on sites that maybe infected with malware. They are making connection with people on social media that they may not have ever met.
The normal people, your users and staff in the business are on the cutting edge of protecting your business, I guarantee that they do not know that.
They have not been trained or spoken to about protecting the organisation, they will not understand the risks. In most cases they do not think that cyber crime is important, because management does not think it is important.
Want to learn more, then the digital security seminar is the place to do it. An investment of less than $500 will ensure that you, as a manager, owner, board member or executive have the tools to protect your organisation. To build a more secure business environment. To protect the keys to your kingdom
These questions and so many more are answered in the Digital Security Seminar.
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