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Small Business Needs CyberSecurity

Small Business Needs CyberSecurity

Happy President’s Day.

The recent Presidential Executive Order to share cybersecurity information should be a reminder to small businesses that cybersecurity continues to grow as a requirement.  Last year when the cybersecurity framework was released by NIST, it was initially regarded as something that only applied to large businesses that dealt with critical infrastructure.  After a year of reviews and open discussion, it is becoming the defacto standard for businesses of all sizes.

In the past couple of months we have seen how small business comes under attack by those that wish to make a political statement regarding their extremist views.  This group targeted the social media accounts of various organizations across the country.  Local TV stations were having to work to regain access to social media and text messaging accounts that are a major source of sharing information with their communities.  Military organizations were faced with quickly regaining access to their accounts.  This just goes to point out, it doesn’t make a difference in the size of your business.

I recently put together a display at the Delaware Business-to-Business Expo in Dover Downs on 12 Feb 2015.  To help other businesses understand why it is important I had on display the consequences of not doing due diligence.  One online business lost over $200,000 as a result of a cyber criminal activities that breached their network.  Another small mom and pop brick and mortar business lost over $22,000.  How do you compensate for those large losses on a small profit margin?

I highly encourage any business I talk with to take on developing a cybersecurity framework just so they are in the know.  It can seem daunting to those businesses that don’t really have their own IT/cybersecurity personnel (most small businesses don’t).  So that is where we come in.  Let us help you “know” what your cybersecurity status is.  Let us help you “know” what is in your network.  Let us help you “know” the vulnerabilities, risks, and mitigation strategies to ensure your business is operating in a #Cyber360 safe environment.

About the Author

Chris Wolski author

Chris Wolski is the founder and principle consultant of the small business and municipality focused cyber security firm 360 Degree Cyber Security, LLC. He is currently certified by International Information System Security Certification Consortium as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and by the SANS Institute as a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional. Active in the information security community, Chris volunteers his time at BSides Delaware and to various individuals seeking to be mentored in cybersecurity. He is frequently researching industrial devices to discover weaknesses that would present a problem for users of those devices. Chris obtained his start in cyber security in the U.S. Navy where he served in various information security and signals intelligence roles over his 20 year career. He left government service after serving in a position to develop cyber threat intelligence against industrial controls and later on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a cyber incident handler. Chris has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College and is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration, also at the University of Maryland University College.

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