Yes, you really are!
Right here in Palm Beach County, we see countless scams and attempted attacks being blocked every… single… day. And we are seeing a lot more targeted attacks. That means they pick people just like you and actively go after them. Trying to trick them, harvest passwords off the dark web, look for vulnerable systems, and go after family, friends, staff...and it’s working.
And it’s really working.
The bad guys are getting better and the good guys are actually falling further behind. More attacks are getting thru. More damage being done. The odds are good that if you aren’t regularly improving your security, you WILL likely be breached at some point.
To add insult to injury, the consequences are getting bigger as well. There are now laws requiring every firm to disclose breaches publicly and there are large fines associated with even a minor breach. Even if they simply get into your address book and get PII, any “Personally Identifiable Information” which can just be a name or phone number. That’s in addition to a damaged reputation and potential lawsuits. Not to mention lost productivity. A firm can be completely down for days, weeks and in some cases may never recover their data.
But there is some good news!
It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. Most people ignore security or just trust that it’s being taken care of. Simply reviewing your security and asking questions can save a firm’s bacon! If you have read down to here in this very article, you already care more about security than most people.
Here are some hot tidbits that can put you ahead of others:
- Any progress beats ignoring security.
- Big improvements do not correlate to big expense and time. Many major improvements to security require no costs and very little time.
- It’s not about going from an “F” grade to an “A” overnight. Can you go from an “F” to a “D-“ in the first half of 2019 and review the next steps in the summer?
- You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. It is WAY easier to prevent a breach than recover after one.
- It’s not hard to become a lot better.
This has recently become so bad that we have decided to do something about it.
We are kicking off a huge security awareness and help program. We are even giving away a major tool that we use internally, just for the asking. We also intend to regularly post tips and tricks in the beginning of 2019. We think we can save a lot of firms from impending nightmares.
Some firms will ignore security until something painful, destructive and costly occurs. Some firms will recognize this is happening and take some steps, any steps, to protect themselves. Which one are you?