Posted on 1/11/2016 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
The evolution of technology to become consumer-facing, followed by the real embracing of consumer smart phone technology had a lot to do with raising peoples awareness of data and privacy issues. But anyone who deals with technology, or has been for many many years dealing with security, has always been aware of the importance of keeping people out of the data that they are not supposed to have access to.
So this concept of privacy and data security, is not really new to anyone, it is simply in vogue, right now to speak about it. Fifteen years ago those of us who have been aware of the risks of data, were the "Chicken Littles" of the world. We ran around telling anyone who would listen that, the sky is falling and we have to do something about data security issues and take ownership of the fact that we have "Care, Custody and Control" of other people’s data.
If someone drops their suit at the dry cleaner they trust you to take care of their property, and if some ...
Posted on 11/2/2015 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
Saturday was the conclusion of Cyber Awareness Month. To give you a bit of background, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, “to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber-security and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.”
The Department of Homeland Security, whose purpose is to secure the nation from threats, is the designated "lead agency" concerning all civilian computer systems and infrastructure. The department's focus is defensive, (providing and dispersing information to prevent data from becoming compromised) and responsive, (distributing threat warnings, reacting to data breaches). The DHS's mission is simply to make you aware of the threat, work to minimize it, and handle the repercussions when a data breach occurs.
And although the DHS and other government and private sector interests are doing a wonderful job o ...
Posted on 10/5/2015 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
October is National Cyber-Security Awareness Month. Not many people are knowledgeable of this fact, as October is filled with many causes and national observances. But the purpose of designated months is to break through the clutter and serve as a quick reminder.
Although we have made great strides in the last two years to make business owners aware of the issues, some are still at, what I refer to as, the “disregard” stage when the topic of “Cyber-Security” is raised. For many, Cyber-Security is simply a headline on the nightly news, a sound bite, a bit of conversation that passes through. It doesn’t seem real. They consider it something that happens to other companies, other businesses that are not vigilant. Ironically even businesses that are aware, take precautions, know the risks and attempt to secure their information, can often find themselves vulnerable.
I was curious to read stories of small business owners and their thoughts on Cyber-Security and I was n ...