A cyber event is not a punch line. It is a serious effort to derail your organisation.
If an attack is intentional then you need to manage the risk. If the attack is accidental or random then you have to understand the implications.
Understanding what is happening in your industry, your supply chain or other areas of the digital world is important.
The implications to your organisation could be a flow on effect of a cyber event on the other side of the planet.
To us humans it is 10,000 kilometers away in the digital world it is just a click.
Our understanding of the digital world for most organisations is mainly focused on client management, communication and service delivery.
CRM, sales, marketing, email, data and information are all woven into the fabric of improving the bottom line.
What can we do with the tools available without spending too much money but with a significant return on the money invested in the organisation.
10 years ago any business who was on the cutting edge of technology had the ability to multiply their revenue by a factor of 10.
Today everyone is using the same products and services to improve the bottom line.
Technology is no longer the multiplier that it use to be.
But, security of that technology is!
The news of significant hacks like Ashley Madison, Target, Yahoo and Equifax have created startling headlines but have they changed the attitude of business organisations world wide?
No they haven’t!
The problems with raising awareness to the true cost of a cyber event is not understood by most people.
“It will not happen to me” or the colloquial response of Australians – “she’ll be right” significantly reduce your ability to handle a cyber event and to come through one with the organisation intact and still functioning.
Making the simple attitude change, “it could or may happen to me”, has a significant impact on any organisation.
The change in mindset, a couple of words in a statement, starts people down the road to better protection.
Isn’t it about time that you made that change?
Once you have made that change, questions and answers start to be heard.
- How about we put a policy around this process.
- How about we put processes and procedures around the database.
- How about we put together a disaster recovery plan.
- How do we get back to business as usual – lets put together a business continuity plan.
- How about we educate our troops so they can recognize an attack.
- How about we invest in new technology.
All good ideas that would never come about if we believe we do not have a problem.
If we persist with an attitude of “she’ll be right” I can guarantee that we will not.
Roger Smith is funny, scary, on point and is focused on one thing – increasing everyone’s awareness and understanding of the problems and issues associated with the digital world.
He was Runner up in the 2017 worldwide Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award and has been nominated for the 2018 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award.
He is a highly respected expert in the fields of cybercrime and business security and is a Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity) on Cybercime, Cybersecurity and the hacking techniques used by the digital criminal.
He is an Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime with his best selling book, Cybercrime a clear and present danger, going to number one on Amazon.
He is the primary presenter for the Business Security Intensive (BSI) and author of the Digital Security Toolbox which is given away for free at the BSI. He is a speaker, author, teacher and educator on Cybercrime and an expert on how to protect yourself, your staff, your clients and your intellectual property from the digital world.