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.