Recent surveys and studies from Ratheon (Raytheon Megatrends Study) and the Ponemon Institute (2018 Megatrends Study) detail the megatrends in security threats that teams need to protect from.

In the study, 36% of Senior IT Professionals report that their leadership team sees cybersecuirty as a priority, which is refreshing considering that every day we hear from another company getting hacked. However, the report shows a disturbing number for us to consider: 68% say that Boards of Directors are not being briefed about what the consequences of a cyber attack are or what their organization is doing to prevent the impact of a cyber attack. This is disturbing because the Board oversees how a company operates and what leadership should focus on. If the Board is not aware or understands cybersecurity, then there is no focus on making things more secure.

Another alarming report is that 68% of cybersecurity professionals say that CEOs demand that their Developers and security teams do not slow down the business, which can lead to open vulnerabilities and threats, as we have seen with some reports from security research firms.

This is a concern for large companies, but my blogs are meant for small firms and solo practitioners. I can hear your mind asking “what does that have to do with me?” I am glad you ask, this means that if the vendors and large companies are not plugging the holes in the software, you need to have things in place to protect your livelihood. You’ve heard me state that smart business owners seek the advice and resources to address areas of concern. Here are some steps you can take to protect your business and your client list:

 

  1. Make sure to have someone check access to your network, data and review your processes at least once a year. This step alone can save you from having the Feds knocking at your door.
  2. Look into security subscriptions for managed antivirus solutions, managed firewalls with content filtering and train your staff with security awareness training.
  3. Document, document, document. We believe that your business information is intellectual property and needs to be protected. Document your usernames and passwords to router, switches, wireless, mobile devices, web hosting accounts, etc. It can save you headaches when working with different IT providers.
  4. Backup and VERIFY that your backups are working! We have seen backups fail and data lost. Keep three copies of your data (the one you are using, an onsite backup and one on the cloud) to reduce the possibility of losing your important information.

 When I talk to busy professionals and mention some of the threats roaming around on the web and targeting businesses, I see eyes get bigger and faces of concern. The truth is the threats are only growing, but you don’t have to be afraid. Just be aware and reach out for help if needed.

There are a number of resources and companies willing to provide guidance. We are one of them and we would be honored to be of service. We are offering a basic cybersecurity package to provide peace of mind to busy people who want “done for you” affordable services. 

Focus on your core revenue generating activities and protect your livelihood. Don’t live in fear, but be prepared…and ask for help. Your reward will be peace of mind and a lot fewer headaches.

Check out the basic cybersecurity service and contact us for any questions.

Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado

Founder

Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas.

Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.