CEOs and Business Owners Aren’t Taking CyberSecurity Seriously — And Are Facing Huge Penalties

In the last two weeks, warnings about two massive vulnerabilities have hit the wires. They involve two of the largest manufacturers of software and components, Microsoft and Intel.

These vulnerabilities are already impacting businesses severely.

The Brass Tacks of Security

It’s not that they are not investing in technology, but they have allocated their budgets on bells and whistles. They are overlooking the practical and straightforward steps that every business should already be doing to secure their systems, data, and intellectual property. All of these bells and whistles are, frankly, a distraction.

The Details Are Out On What’s Been Happening

The details are now out on the Experian data breach. They’ve revealed the two things most professionals should have known from the get-go…

1) Paying attention to the brass tacks would have prevented it entirely.
2) The CEO/CTO/CISO was not following through, and enforcing underlying security best practices.

This Last Week, Alabama Taught Us All a Lesson About When

Recently Alabama played host to the National Cyber Summit a gathering of over 2000 Cybersecurity professionals who spent time discussing the implications to businesses and why they must – get their act together. It is no longer a case of “if an attack will occur but when.” Businesses, big and small, are at risk and they don’t appear to be taking that risk seriously. Every single company is exploitable.

You’ve Got to Defend Against Real Professionals Now.

Businesses are under attack daily, and it is no longer the kid in the basement but “The big players now are organized crime … and a combination of that with nation-state intelligence agencies. For example, Russia” said Dr. Wesley McGrew, director of cyber operations for HorneCyber, a subsidiary of the national accounting firm Horne LLP. McGrew.

The CEO’s Next Steps

1) It is time for all businesses to change their thinking and begin to take their security seriously and that starts in the boardroom at the C-level.
2) It is no longer a problem assigned to the nerds in IT never to cross the CEO’s desk again.
3) The CEO is where the buck stops, and he must check weekly on the status of the security in the business assuring that they are complying with the best practices of security.

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