Hack Your Computer Before the Hackers Do
They say hacking is bad, and hacking is good. But, did you know that you should be the first hacker if you are a business owner?
Join Craig as he discusses more on how to crack your computer before the hackers do.
Go Phish! Why Every Company Should Hack Its Own Employees
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Airing date: 01/25/2017
Why You Should Hack Your Company Before the Hackers Do
Craig Peterson: Just before we started recording this podcast I had BTO – Takin’ Care of Business playing. That song really gets me going. Hey welcome to another TechSanity Check here. Craig Peterson. We’re going to talk today about hacking. And you know everyone says hacking’s bad. Hacking’s evil. We’ll talk a little bit about the background behind hacking. What it really means versus cracking. But we’re going to talk about you. Do you realize that you should be a hacker especially for your business person? We’re going to tie all this together here today on Craig Peterson’s Daily TechSanity Check.
Hey, that’s me. Boy, it’s time for a little bit of a TechSanity Check. You know, we talk about hackers all of the time and everybody talks about hackers all the time. I’m on radio and television talking about it every week. Almost every day. Some weeks, I certainly do every day. Well, there’s a lot of background here about hacking. First of all, these guys and gals today that are trying to break into our computer systems. That are trying to kind of mess with us, mess with our minds. Steal our money. Get our business’ top secret ideas. Our intellectual property. These people are not hackers. These people are crackers. Hackers are just people who are non-trained, non-professional IT personnel. Know what I mean by that? A non-professional IT person is someone that kind of is self-taught. That doesn’t lay it out. How are these systems going to interact? What do we need to code up? We’re gonna code this up. We’re going to do unit testing on it We’re going to put together regression test when we are trying to do the debugging. And ultimately as we roll it out, right? That’s a professional programmer. If you don’t do that, you are a hack. You are a hacker. Ok? A hacker technically is not one of these people that is trying to crack into your systems.
So I had to get that off my chest, right? I’ve been doing this for a lot of years. People called me a hacker from time to time when I was trying to play around with things and didn’t really know what I was doing. But for many decades I’ve been a professional programmer and running a business of programmers and other people, right? So that’s what a hacker really is. Today that word is morphed. And like so much else in English language it’s morphed and you could say for good or for bad. But every company that’s out there, every last one of them should be a hacker. No I know that’s a big statement. That’s a kind of scary thing. They should be hackers.
Why should companies be hackers? I’m using, you know, the current nomenclature for hacker. I’m saying companies should be attacking. They should be sending out phishing emails trying to get people to click on links. They should be sending texts, these texts that are going to employees telling them, Hey listen this is Joe from IT. They should be making those same phone calls into employees’ cubicles. So those phone calls are now pretending they’re IT. Pretending they’re personnel. Pretending they’re CEO. Why should companies be hackers? Because you have to know what your employees are going to do when they get one of these emails. You have to know what they’re going to do when they get a phone call from someone claiming to be from IT. Hey listen, we need to do an upgrade next week. Just letting you know here. You know, in order to get you the latest version of Office, we’re gonna need your password, your username. We’re gonna need all of that sort of stuff, right? That knowledge of how your employees are going to act. And the knowledge
Of how a specific employee is going to act are ultimately very, very important to you.
So what do you do? How do you do that? How do you know what they’re going to do? Well you hack them. Right? You have to make fake emails. You have to send them text. You have to make the phone calls. That’s the only way you’re going to really know if your people are vulnerable. Every C-level suite in the country, every executive should be doing this because frankly every employee is vulnerable including those at the C-level. We’ve got a high-volume right now of electronic messages. We have emails coming. I mentioned texts coming in. We have phone calls coming in. Now we’re on apps. We are using these apps on your smartphones and those apps are vulnerable. Those apps are causing problems. And they can wreak havoc with our companies. All it takes is one criminal to install a little bit of ransomware from one e-mail or one even instant message and you’ve got a major financial problem on your hands.
So how are you going to protect yourself against the estimated to 2.3 billion dollars in CEO scams that have occurred over the last three years. That 2.3 billion dollars’ worth of CEO scams number comes from the FBI. These phishing attacks are effective and common. So you’ve got to have regular self-imposed and interactive phishing campaigns so that you can educate your employees, you can test your employees. You can put systems in place to help detect these incidences and make sure that they don’t happen in the real world. Now obviously there’s a lot of things you’re going to have to do in order to make this happen. Everything from getting clearance to in-house outsource, etc., etc. How do you do all of this? There’s a lot to consider. I’ve got an article on this up on my website. You’ll find it at http://CraigPeterson.com and if you have any questions about any of this, let me know and I’ll be more than glad to help you to get you on the right track. So, a lot to know there. Hacker, hack your employees. Hack your companies and do it now. Because, as I’ve talked about before my show, 43 million dollars in one hack by one young lady. That’s all it took and the money was out of the United States within 90 seconds, ok? A real big deal we gotta pay attention. And we got to do our sanity checks every day. All our employees are as secure as we think they are.
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