IT Security Isn’t Just About IT

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Imagine if someone hacked your toaster.

Or your car.

Or your vacuum cleaner.

Seem absurd? Maybe, but with the prevalence of new technology like the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and robotics, cyberattacks have become more common in more areas of life.

Once upon a time, it was banks, big tech companies, and other multinational conglomerates who were vulnerable to cyberattacks. But these days, as more and more of our life goes electronic, we’re faced with more IT security risks than ever.

A Changing World

In 2017, WannaCry and NotPetya were some of the biggest threats to cyber security out there. In 2018 so far, it’s been KRACK attacks, Meltdown, and Spectre, as well as the perennial phishing scams you’ll see in your email’s spam box.

As the risks become more and more problematic, it’s becoming clearer than the current approaches aren’t working as well as they should be.

What’s the problem here?

Part of it is the lack of preparedness many companies have to modern security risks.

This includes small and medium size businesses as well as enterprise-level corporations like Deloitte, the poster child for cyber security failure in 2017.

Many companies haven’t bothered consulting with a team of cyber security experts, leaving their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.

But what’s even more frustrating is the fact that some companies who have paid for a comprehensive cyber security plan haven’t implemented them.

As a business owner, it’s easy to look only at the bottom line and wonder whether or not these extra security measures are worth it. And in an ideal world, we wouldn’t even need to worry about them. But sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world.

Some IT security changes can be frustrating to implement. This includes things like multi-factor authentication, email encryption, and replacing outdated software that is no longer supported.

On top of this, employees who have enjoyed the ability to work remotely may be upset by the sudden requirement that they only be able to access the company intranet on-site.

This may make some executives reluctant to implement these, and instead hope for the best.

And while it is possible to run a successful business without these things and without ever suffering a cyberattack, the same could be said about the lock on your front door.

Sure, a lock doesn’t guarantee your house will never be robbed, nor does the lack of a lock guarantee that your house will be robbed.

But you’d be hard pressed to find someone who seriously argues that it’s a good idea to leave your house unlocked, and you’d be hard pressed to find a good IT security consultant who won’t suggest you encrypt your emails.

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So What’s The Point?

What can you do about it?

Part of the solution lies in how you look at your IT security.

Some executives leave their IT security to their IT department, assuming they’ll just take care of it. This may make sense on the surface, but the reality is that IT security isn’t just an IT issue.

It’s a risk management issue.

With more than a hundred billion lines of code being written each year by everyone from Microsoft employees to cryptocurrency coders to ne’er-do-wells online, you can be sure that at least a few million of those are malicious.

By treating IT security as a risk management issue, you’re recognizing the reality that cyber threats can pose your business. It forces you to look at the issue differently – rather than just shrugging it off, you recognize it as a legitimate cost of running a safe, secure, reliable business.

This means evaluating multiple levels of cyber threats, from data breaches to gaps in your security to a lack of knowledge and training from your staff members. Unnecessary complexity can also cause issues and redundancies that can create unintended security gaps.

So choosing the right software suite, implementing the appropriate security measures, and consulting with the right people isn’t just about IT. It’s about taking the measures you need to make sure your business continues to run.

Contact 1st Secure IT

No one has 100% protection against any and all cyberattacks. But by implementing an appropriate IT security system, you can go a long way to staying as safe as possible online.

If you’re not sure about how you can protect your business online, contact 1st Secure IT today.

Our team of experienced and qualified IT security specialists will consult with you, illuminate the potential security risks in your organization, and help you implement the best practices you need to stay safe in the face of an uncertain digital landscape.

Don’t face the dangers of the internet alone. Contact 1st Secure IT and keep your business running smoothly, today.

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Coral Springs Florida
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