Business Owners – What’s Keeping You Up At Night?

 If  you own a small business and this stuff isn’t keeping you awake, it should be.  Thanks to CIT’s new Director of Cybersecurity, Jake DeWoskin, for the list of issues that follows.

Not everyone can hire a cyber security expert. Globally, 70% of employers  plan to increase the size of their cybersecurity staff this year. Not only is there a lack of cybersecurity professionals to meet this skyrocketing demand, but there are even fewer of what are called “unicorns” — security experts who understand networks and know how to protect them.

The Dark Web never sleeps. The Dark Web is a breeding ground for cybercrimes and hosts all types of tools required to execute them, including malware for purchase and cybercrime services, so that criminals don’t even need to be technical experts to launch a major attack. As the Internet becomes an open field for predators, organizations must hunt around the clock.

Checking the compliance box doesn’t stop the breach. When it comes to managing data and hiring or outsourcing talent, many companies face budget constraints that stem from compliance. Businesses must be compliant, but compliance and security are not interchangeable when it comes to cyber attacks. Compliance is critical but shouldn’t be confused with security.

Reputation is on the line. Just as most travelers in the past never casually chatted about a phishing scam, board members didn’t dabble in cybersecurity concerns. Today, it’s a different story. There is a tremendous fear of a cyber-attack severely damaging brand image and the bottom line.

When everything is connected, security is everything. Our businesses are more exposed to unseen risk than ever before from employee devices, automated manufacturing, the global supply chain, and the Internet of Things. The cyber-attacks that are not visible by just looking at your own networks could cause harm to information and operational technology.

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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