Do you rely on free or trial version software to keep your business's computers secure? Many small businesses operate on shoestring budgets. It's difficult enough to buy computers, rent the facility, stock the products and pay for the marketing necessary to keep customers aware and interested in your company - the list goes on and on.
The Internet has gradually brought about fundamental changes in corporate data collection and security. Companies have more information about their customers today than ever before - and when a data breach occurs, it affects millions of people. The Internet also ensures that there is virtually no way to cover up the bad news of a data breach - people will find out eventually.
A security breach is a catastrophe that can damage a small business's reputation and potentially cause crippling financial ruin. On average, a data breach costs a company $4 million -- and when a data breach occurs, an employee is the most likely cause.
In November 2016 -- the day after Black Friday -- the public transit system of San Francisco fell prey to a ransomware attack that disabled its ticketing system for an entire day. With no fallback system in place -- and no way to sell tickets without the computer system -- the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency had no choice but to open the gates and let passengers ride for free.
With the rapid advancement of technologies such as cloud computing, massive unstructured databases, machine learning and network security, it is more difficult now than ever before to determine the "perfect" set of skills and qualifications that the ideal IT person should have.