Computer security or cybersecurity has become one of the main aspects to work on for many companies, regardless of their size, as computer crimes affect companies of all kinds. This has occurred as a result of digital transformation, and the reason is that, regardless of the market or size of the company, the vast majority of them use computer systems, which can lead to the use of unreliable systems whose computer security is susceptible to cyber attacks.
In the case of Boards of Directors, they are not only not exempt from cybersecurity threats, but they are a high-risk group. The reason is the transmission of confidential information among Council members. Faced with this threat, there are a number of decisions that every company must take, especially those whose security of the Board is not guaranteed.
What is cybersecurity?
When we talk about cybersecurity breaches, we refer to any incident, unexpected or unwanted event related to security whose incidents have an impact on the detriment of the security of the information system. These attacks on the computer security of companies can generate serious repercussions, so working to achieve the greatest efficiency and effectiveness of cybersecurity systems must become one of the main objectives of any organization.
Decisions aimed at improving the Council’s cybersecurity
Publicize the seriousness of the matter
Publicizing the importance of cybersecurity, or, rather, the seriousness of suffering a failure in this regard, is the main action that must be taken. In this way, it is avoided to resort to insecure channels such as email, given in many companies; the members of the Council tend to send confidential information using this tool, possibly due to ignorance of the seriousness of suffering a cyber attack.
Make all means available for computer security.
Getting to develop the security of computer systems is not an easy task; however, this task is even more complicated when all available means are not made available for cybersecurity. Therefore, corporate governance bodies must know and understand the action protocol generated by the GDPR and implement it. Therefore, the Boards of Directors are obliged to provide the means with which to protect the IT integrity of the company.
Identify security gaps
The best way to prevent an attack is to identify it. Therefore, a team should be created in charge of identifying all possible security breaches, as well as the probability of these occurring and the different solutions.
We, therefore, stress the importance not only of correctly identifying each gap but of establishing an action plan so that this possible risk can even become an opportunity.
IT security of suppliers
Check that the Council part of the meeting is dedicated to discussing the computer security of all suppliers so that all suppliers who work with the company can be trusted.
In the same way, both the past suppliers with which we have worked and the future ones must be analyzed in everything related to computer security.
The role of the CIO
It is necessary to verify whether the head of cybersecurity has a good relationship with regulators. The reason why this is a factor of vital importance is the obligation to notify any competent incident authority since it will be more or less complicated to notify based on this mentioned relationship.
The role of Diligent
These are the main decisions that need to be made around cybersecurity. However, there is one big decision related to increasing cybersecurity.
Using a portal
Diligent makes available to companies the most appropriate portal to achieve good corporate governance, offering a tool adaptable to the needs of the corporate governance bodies of each company.
The main advantage in relation to the aforementioned is the notable increase in the security of the company since the diligent portal significantly decreases the chances of suffering this type of crime.
Cybersecurity decisions you shouldn’t make.
In this new edition, and how could it be otherwise, we insist on the transmission of awareness messages to entrepreneurs, managers, heads of IT, systems, or computer departments responsible for human resources and society in general, that we are in a paradigm shift in terms of network security Refers.
Undoubtedly, providing organizations with technical and organizational measures aimed at protecting the most important good they all possess, information, has become an essential strategy. Those organizations that fail to do so put their business continuity at serious risk.
In this training and informative day, the existing reality regarding information security and the associated risks to which special attention must be paid will be presented. The objective is that all attendees obtain sufficient notions to be able to determine the areas of their organizations that need improvements in security and, above all, to be able to go to the market, with sufficient criteria, to look for the specific solutions they need, thus making rational use of their security budgets.
The worst cybersecurity decision (smbs) makes
If you run or work in a small- or medium-sized business (SMB), ask yourself if any of these statements sound familiar:
- “My staff and I are too smart to be fooled into installing malware on our computers.”
- “My business is too small for hackers to be interested in.”
- “Of course, we’re protected—we’re using the free antivirus software that came with the computers.”
- “What’s malware?”
Are these hitting a little close to home? If so, you may be among the many SMBs that have made, and continue to make, phenomenally bad decisions regarding cybersecurity. It’s time for an intervention. First, let’s review these decisions and why they are bad for your cyber health.
Reliance on Inadequate Security Tools
There are many providers of anti-malware software out there, and many of them offer “freeware” versions of their products. Great way to reduce costs, right? Wrong. The free versions are usually crippled in some way: They don’t provide continuous system monitoring (that is, you have to manually launch the software to scan your computer), or they don’t automatically update themselves with the latest malware information, or they work for only a limited trial period, or they have some other shortcoming that magically disappears when you pay the subscription fee.
There’s no such thing as a free object. A sad fact of life is that cybersecurity costs money, so you might as well get over it and budget annually for some solid, comprehensive cybersecurity software that will protect you automatically and unobtrusively. Do your homework and find the product that best fits your business situation and your budget.
At first blush, it’s counterintuitive, but hackers don’t necessarily focus all their efforts on the big fish in the pond—the Home Depots, Targets, Equifax, and other high-profile hacking victims that have made the headlines in recent years. If anything, most hackers are more interested in smaller organizations. Why?
- SMBs often lack expertise or rigor in cybersecurity and are more likely to have unpatched vulnerabilities to exploit. In a word, they’re easier targets.
- SMBs might have less data to steal than a larger business, but if the hacker can get the same amount of data by successfully hacking 10 SMBs for a fraction of the effort of hacking a large organization, you can be sure they will do it.
- SMBs are far more likely to fall prey to a ransomware attack, and an alarming number of them never recover.
- People make mistakes, and people in SMBs are no exception. You may have the smartest staff in the industry, but even smart people make cybersecurity mistakes.
- Healthcare SMBs are particularly vulnerable because the patient data they hold is even more valuable than credit card and Social Security data.
And if you think your business is too small to attract hackers’ attention, think again. If you have a presence on the web or on social media, you are on some hacker’s radar somewhere. Modern-day cybercrime takes advantage of sophisticated tools that can probe hundreds of websites and social media accounts in a short period, looking for potential vulnerabilities.
Doing nothing is not an option. Yes, as an SMB, you have a thousand things more pressing to do. But the longer you put off really addressing cybersecurity, the more likely you are to become a victim. And SMBs victimized by cybercrime are far more likely to fail than those who adequately protect themselves.
Cybersecurity Measures Every Distribution Company Must Take [& 8 reasons it matters]
When you think of wholesale distribution, scenes of loud machines and huge warehouses likely come to mind. And if you were to consider how you would secure a wholesale business, you’d probably consider things like securing the perimeter of the building, screening everyone who enters, and monitoring the facility with cameras.
But the fact of that issue is that wholesale distribution and its related technologies are developing at an extremely rapid pace – and along with these new technologies come brand new IT and cybersecurity concerns. In fact, supply chain cyber attacks are becoming frequent occurrences.
To assume that your distribution business is impervious to cyber attacks is setting you up for almost inevitable failure.
But what can you do to avoid these devastating attacks and run your business smoothly? Rest assured – you aren’t powerless against cyber attacks. At Boom Tech, we’ve been helping businesses with IT and cybersecurity concerns for years – and today, we want to put our years of experience to work so you can secure your company.