Maximizing Connectivity & Productivity

ON SCALING THE RAMPARTS AND GUARDING THE FORT

How much defending ourselves has changed over the last few centuries.

From building walls high enough to reduce the chance of the enemy scaling the walls and getting into our courtyard; from putting shutters in the windows (migrating to grills), putting in key locks to e-locks, using watchmen and ammo, and now to keeping out cyber-invaders with firewalls and anti-virus updates.

Used to be that the security meant closing the door on your enemy and opening and closing the door to let people in or out. Now all that is required, is ‘smart’ use of technology, wiliness & stealth. Your reinforced steel door with deadbolts and multiple locks cannot keep thieves out of your precious data. Invasions aka intrusions take place from near and far – by the guy next door accessing your WIFI, or by someone in another continent taking a swipe at your data.

With the advance of the internet, with the increase of transactions taking place, from everything to disclosing your personal information, to storing client financial information, it means that the cyber ‘doors’ are constantly being opened and closed. One false move, and the bogey man gets in.

Data is a Key Asset

Information is a vital part of running a business. Client information can be sliced and diced and used to develop better offerings or products for customers, improve delivery service, better marketing programs, and so on. This makes secure information storage and distribution important.

Data Breaches
Theft of PII (Personal Identifiable Information) is a danger not only at the time of the theft, but even possibly down the road, when the guard is down. Weeks or months after the theft, this information can cause sizeable monetary damages.

Some clients provide private data to their supporting businesses, as in the case of money managers. The loss of this information can cause at very best, just a lost customer. And at the worst a lawsuit – or more.

With data breach attacks becoming an increasing risk and occurrence, many companies as well as courts are taking a stance on reasonable protection.

The metric for that reasonableness is best practices in cybersecurity to protect a data breach. The more these practices have been adopted, the less likelihood of damages that will be incurred by the company that was entrusted with this information and whose responsibility it was to store this information safely. If the company has employed best practices, higher settlements can be avoided.

To conclude, safeguarding your data, using safe storage and usage practices is key to maintaining the marketability, integrity and service of your company.

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