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Why CEOs MUST Be In Control Of Their Data!

Total’s IT Consultant Jon Berlin appears in Long Island’s Hauppauge Reporter and educates CEOs on how to protect their data and organizations. Continue reading the full article below or refer to the link above for the original.

CEOs focus on the primary functions of their businesses, and IT is something that’s not generally on their radar. You’ll often hear “I have an IT guy or company that takes care of everything.” But that leaves some potentially dangerous potholes in the road to success that an objective third party IT audit can fill.

All Executives Should Ask Themselves:

  • Do I have all my usernames, passwords, and related information to access my critical corporate data?
  • Who has access to my data?
  • Are all security precautions in place?
  • Does my IT person / company keep me informed RE: my network’s strength and security?

Never Wait For “Uh-Oh”: Five Frightening Facts.

  1. A survey by a leading anti-virus company stated that 50% of employees who leave their jobs or were fired, steal corporate files.
  2. Adam Hills of Gartner Research said, “Recent security breaches highlight an evolving and precarious threat environment. Attacks are financially motivated and are supported by a sophisticated underground economy.”
  3. A recent study by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec found that 77% of US small business owners think their company is safe from cyber criminals. Trouble is, 83% of them do not have a cyber-security plan.
  4. In 2014, the average cost of cyber-attacks zoomed nearly 250% to $20,752 per attack, up from $8,699 in 2013.
  5. A recent study found that 9 out of 10 small-business owners cited cyber-security as a concern, and half of them report they have been the victims of a cyber-attack.

Data Breaches Right In Our Backyard

  • A 17-year-old was arrested for hacking the Sachem School District’s computers.
  • A former NRAD Medical Associates radiologist committed a data breach involving 97,000 patients.
  • Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace announced a data breach affecting 3 of its stores.
  • A former Smithtown resident admitted to hacking his former Long Island employer because he didn’t get a promotion.

So How Can CEOs Protect Their Organizations?

  • Have a reputable IT company perform periodic Assessments & Penetration Testing.
  • Make sure your infrastructure is set up properly to accomplish your security goals.
  • Have a written User Policy including your company’s IT policy for employees to acknowledge.
  • Follow “Best IT Practices”.
  • Budget yearly for necessary upgrades to the infrastructure.
  • Make sure the appropriate filters are activated on your firewall.

Whether you have your own internal IT staff or are outsourcing IT functions, a third party can provide a clear, objective, and thorough audit.

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