Isn’t my business too small or specialized to be at risk?
No, it isn’t. Data equals dollars these days. Bad actors constantly scan every source they can access for financial, personnel, and proprietary information that can be held for ransom or sold over and over.
And not all tech risk comes from outside sources.
Who or what poses the biggest threat to my cyber security?
- It might be coming from inside the house.
- Employee error is an ongoing risk. Whether an employee makes a simple mistake or acts with malicious intent, the resulting damage to reputation and bottom line are the same.
- Ransomware and malware are everywhere.
- Cyber crime changes, gets more pervasive, and more sophisticated all the time. A staff member might respond to a phishing email, or click through a site that looks legit but really isn’t, and the criminals are in, with full access to digital files, financial accounts, and legally protected data.
- Unpatched security vulnerabilities and bugs are a problem.
- Hackers are pretty lazy. But they’re also pretty smart. They often target known vulnerabilities in popular business software to attack companies. Even though these bugs usually have easy-to-fix patches, security updates must be applied to vulnerable software regularly. Current, efficient tools with regularly scheduled review and repair reduce exposure.
What do I do?
Always be prepared.
Reasonable defenses against liability must include mitigators such as a well-developed disaster recovery processes, solid risk management strategies, forward facing reputation preservation, and the appropriate tools to detect, prevent, and correct vulnerabilities.
Play Good Group teaches business owners how to calculate the costs of down time and add value by minimizing risk and enabling quick recovery. We teach companies to recognize risks, determine who and what might be affected by a data breach, and create policies that protect the company from inside and outside threats. We evaluate whether the tools currently in use are sufficient, make recommendations on upgrades or products that improve security, and train users to become tech risk managers.