(video) Why an SME’s need to use encryption

Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd and Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime discusses why a small and medium business needs to use encryption

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Hello. My name is Roger, and today I’d like to talk to you about why an SME, or a small and medium business, not for profit organization, needs to use encryption.

Have you noticed that when you visit most of the social networking sites now that it is all in https. Now https means that if the information that you put into that your location is going to be fully encrypted all the way across the internet until it gets to the other end. Now this is very important for everybody because the amount of information that we’re putting into social media sites it’s really important to make sure that we’re not putting passwords across in plain language. So when data is moving, so between your keyboard and the backend, or when it’s moving in an inside network, so from the storage location to the pc where it’s going to be used there is a vital requirement to encrypt all the information. But on top of that, it it’s being stored anywhere then you need to protect that information as well.

Now the reason why you use encryption is because if the system is encrypted and someone does hack in and steal the database then all they’re getting is a number of random numbers and letters that is very hard to comprehend. So yes they might have stolen all your information but now they’ve got a huge problem of making that information that they’ve stolen readable and useable. And that period of time is really important to how you protect your business.

When using the internet you have to make sure that A. The websites that you’re going to when you put in your credit card detail also your high end details into is secure and on top of that you have to make sure that the information that you’re receiving from people is also secure.

Thank you very much.

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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.