Cybersecurity Protection: Don't Unknowingly "Leave the Door Open" to Your Business Information

Michael H. Becker of FGMK (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

“I’m the CEO –my CFO and IT guys have it covered.”

“I’m the CFO –my IT department takes care of that.”

“I’m the CIO -it’s my responsibility and I have it covered.” Sound familiar?

That’s how many management teams at small to medium sized businesses think, until the unthinkable happens. Unfortunately, the unthinkable is happening more frequently in the world we live in. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am referring to the protection of your company’s and your clients’ electronic information and systems which are vital to the ongoing success and survivability of a business.

Your business may be impacted sooner than you anticipate as instances of cybertheft are increasing exponentially. Cyberthieves are growing in number due to the many recent publicized successes of data theft and the relatively easy access on the internet to the tools needed to execute cybercrimes. Keep in mind that these cyberthieves could include one of your current or former employees, a key competitor in your industry, a city-state hacker from any country around the world, or even an organized group of hackers. The motivation of each of these groups can vary, but the vast majority are looking to make easy money by stealing and selling your business information holding that information ransom or leveraging it to perpetrate further theft.

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