Negligence and Cyber Insecurity

Author: Ian Pavlik

The emergence of the Global Pandemic COVID-19 has created a whole new series of Cyber Security issues for business owners.  When I wrote the article below, we were not facing the crisis before us today.  My warning was direct, it was meant to be.  However, with the changing work environment and culture, business owners have an even greater responsibility to their data.  A distributed workforce and adoption of cloud solutions means greater potential for data loss, theft and of course, cyber criminals.

Many cyber criminals are using fear and urgency to take advantage of distracted, stressed and worried employees.  Do your part to train your staff in identifying these tactics to thwart the criminals efforts, BACKUP of all of your data onsite, offsite and in the cloud, and ensure your cloud solutions are secure and reliable.

If you are not 100% sure in the security of your data, PLEASE reach out to your IT services professional for advice.  We are here to help!

With the amount of information circulating about the dangers and impacts of Cyber attacks, if a business is not taking responsible measures to secure and protect their data, they are being negligent. In this day and age, pleading ignorance is not an excuse.

Let’s assume you don’t care if you lose your accounting system data, lose your inventory records or lose the data and files you use daily to run your business. Maybe losing this data is not important enough to you to properly secure your systems. What you need to realize is that you also store personal and identifiable data about your customers that you are legally responsible to secure. Even if you operate in a Business to Business environment, very few interactions and communications are going to be strictly to the business. We work, communicate and have relationships with people.  You owe it to them, as a responsible business owner to take reasonable efforts to protect their information.  Not to mention the legal ramifications as noted above.

“It won’t happen to me”. 

We have heard that before, and unfortunately the follow up of, “holey &#!@, I never thought it would happen to me”. 

This would not hold up in court.  You might think the cyber criminal network is not interested in you, and you are probably right.  They likely don’t know that you exist. They don’t care about the financial hardships you may face after a cyber attack, the loss of work for your employees, or the interruption this might have on your customers and their lives.  They only care about the money you will pay them when they hold your data for ransom.  So, YOU need to care about the resulting impacts to your customers, employees and future of your business.

Chances are you have vendors you work with that keep data about you and your company.  How would you feel if they fell prey to a cyber attack and your data became available to cyber criminals?  What if was your bank, your cell phone provider, your social networks?  If the companies you trust to act in your best interest are shown to be negligent with your data, how would you feel?  Now, how will your customers feel if you are the one responsible for the theft of their data?

Cost of doing nothing – if you don’t act to protect your business, the cost of doing nothing could be to your employees, your customers, your business operations, and your personal livelihood.  If your business can’t run, can’t deliver services, can’t provide products, can’t pay employees, can’t generate revenue, can’t provide you with a livelihood, then I would say the costs are pretty high.

If you have made it this far in this posting then you might be thinking “this article sounds angry”. Well it is more frustration that drives the tone. Gone are the days where you can plead ignorance. The news stories, the firsthand stories and the many many education articles in circulation leave no excuse not to have proper, effective measures in place to secure your network AND your customers data. Take the necessary steps now to demonstrate and prove to your customers and employees that you are a responsible business owner.

We are here to help you get started.  Contact us to schedule a review of your data management.


Published March 2020

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