The internet is something even the most technologically-averse people interact with daily. This miraculous tool has changed the way we live our lives, how we interact with friends and family and how we conduct business. If the internet were a car, then the data created and shared online would be the gasoline that powers that vehicle.
We don’t claim to be fortune tellers. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball in our conference room that helps us predict the future. But when it comes to assessing the IT infrastructure of a business, we can spot problems before they happen from a mile away.
Think about walking around the grounds of your office for a moment. Consider the sights and sounds that you’d encounter strolling up and down the halls into the various departments as you go about your workday.
Hopefully, this exercise brings up some good memories and reminds you of some professional accomplishments.
According to a 2016 Munich Re poll, up to 90 percent of United States businesses fall victim to hackers each year. Businesses don't suffer security breaches because they aren't trying to protect themselves; they simply lack the expertise necessary to protect an organization from modern hacking techniques.
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.
Cloud cover is a term that has been co-opted to define business technology in addition to physical weather patterns. More businesses are utilizing cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The benefits of the cloud for business efficiency are well stated and hard to argue with.
Encryption has been a hot topic in cyber security news lately. Strong encryption vs. weak encryption, “back doors” and, sometimes, “front doors,” there’s a lot of jargon to keep track up. And to add an additional layer of complexity, there can sometimes be opposing positions from government and IT support companies.
Here's a fun thought experiment, try and imagine one area of your business today that does not involve technology in some way. It seems like even making coffee these days involves a computer of some kind. With so much reliance on technology, it's incredibly important to put security measures in place so business functions are not disrupted.