“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”
– Stephane Nappo, Global Chief Information Security Officer & 2018 Global CISO of the Year
Managing information within one’s business is foundational for basic operation. The knowledge and data gathered internally and externally guides the possible direction and profits to be achieved on a business level. With the inarguable pervasiveness of modern technology in the business world, cybersecurity and data management is as important now as it has ever been.
There are many methods and provisional techniques to combat cyber-attacks and breaches of security. One of the first and most necessary methods of data protection operates on the human level: the education of employees on matters of security and privacy. It is essential that all employees and business partners are made aware of potential cyber threats and preventive measures against said threats. Having this understanding, allows them to not only implement these preventative measures when problems arise, but also identify when there is a possible breach as early as possible.
Luckily, each employee does not need the programming expertise required to directly combat a cyber threat. Many applications and services exist to suppress malware, data breach, and other harmful cyber threats. On top of this, many businesses have begun to employ dedicated cyber security departments and/or contractors. It is important to be aware of possible threats, so that these services can be quickly notified before the problem becomes widespread.
It is crucial that these potential breaches of security are not underestimated nor taken lightly. Often times, cyber-attacks can do more than just infect one’s own personal computer, but rather latch onto the network and gain access to a business whole wealth of private information. Attacks such as these can have an effect not only on those internally, but also all clientele and outside associates in communication with the affected business. Threats such as these are why multiple levels of cyber security are put in place as well as a serious effort to educate and practice cyber responsibility.
Kelly D. Scott
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