Data compliance regulations. Software license agreements. Existing service management. These are just some of the reasons (excuses) business owners give for why they haven’t made the move to cloud computing. The reasons are varied, but the underlying truth is the same: They’re afraid to make the move and worry that the transition will be too hard on their company.
Hackers and cyber criminals are often pictured as lonely geeks attacking websites simply to prove how smart they are. In reality, they are typically networks of criminals using sophisticated methods for financial gains. Firewalls and antivirus software can prevent many of the more basic forms of cyber attacks, but new forms of the crime are emerging constantly. Unless business owners understand the threats and take action to prevent them, they risk major disruption and huge potential financial losses.
The origin of rogue information technology – technology selected and paid for by employees for business use – may be the assumption on the part of business people – the money making arm of a company — that the cost of acting as a supplicant to bureaucratic IT — a service arm of a business — is too high. That or the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to convince business people that IT has their best interest at heart. But regardless of the rational for the adoption of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, employee use of third-party apps and services, and personal mobile devices in a corporate facility places a company and its assets and operations at risk.
Some business owners think that security monitoring is only for larger firms, or that they cannot afford a security monitoring solution. Both of these beliefs are untrue, and even the smallest businesses need to have some type of security monitoring in place.
News of hacking and cyber crimes is in the press every week, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. For every high-profile corporate case you read about, there are thousands of cyber crimes committed against smaller businesses. The rapid rise of this form of criminal activity means every business owner must understand the main threats and take action to prevent them.