Eye Opening, Compelling, and Scary…
Eye opening, compelling, and scary. These are the comments I heard after sharing some of the growing threats I see coming our way in the coming year. Our material on cyber crime trends was well received and much-needed by many of the executives I spoke with during the seminar. Small businesses are being affected by security breaches every day, yet many are unaware of what is really going on inside their servers and mobile devices…According to the Wall Street Journal, most business leaders (over 75%) believe they are fine, yet Visa tells us that 90% of their business fraud cases are SMB related!
I spoke with one CEO of a Cincinnati based law firm after my session. His business deals with highly sensitive legal information – the kind of information that, “Can’t get out!” He was concerned that, while his company uses passwords and firewalls, he has no way to monitor who is accessing what, or to see if systems are being compromised, or to know if internal people are emailing sensitive information in an insecure way. We talked about the cost of implementing technology that does this type of monitoring – “It’s out of reach for the small business.” he said. This is led into a discussion on the value of using a managed solution through a third party provider…
In another conversation, I spoke with a man running a healthcare company. He was concerned that his staff didn’t really understand how to assess their current security posture. This is the case with most small business. They don’t have the tools or the expertise to do this in house. Here again is an opportunity to engage an outside provider of assessment services, which NetGain, our hosting company has, to help ensure their applications are unaffected by today’s malware threats.
In the afternoon we heard from representatives of Cisco Systems and VMWare, as well as Microsoft, sharing how their companies are working to provide more secure products to protect these companies from growing threats in the coming year. NetGain concluded the meeting by offering to meet with these businesses one-on-one to review their security needs, something every business should be doing on a regular basis.
© 2012, David Stelzl