January draws to a close this week, and we are super-excited about 2019, right? At least that’s what we said a month ago; so now it’s time for a progress report. Vector check. Monthly review. Self-assessment. Call it what you want, but reviewing status is a no-brainer, especially when it comes to business goals.
Over the past month I have had many conversations with clients and interested parties regarding Envision Design’s security, data protection, backup, and recovery processes. Surprisingly, some business owners still seem to treat these aspects of protecting their businesses with a casual, “Hey, it’s good enough. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing that can go wrong, and I am fairly certain I can recover what’s needed so I can stay up and running.”
Well, maybe that’s a bit overstated - they haven’t really been THAT casual. But some responses have indicated a bigger lack of awareness. Some even seem to be the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand. So what happened? Think of the New Years Resolution of “I am going to be serious in 2019, look into vulnerabilities and weaknesses my business has, and mitigate or even eliminate the chance of going bankrupt this year.”
Tom Sands, here - your friendly Client Relations Manager at Envision Design. Maybe it’s just the career Army guy in me, but protection is ALWAYS critical. From an outpost of 1 Soldier doing daytime duty at the front gate of “Camp Swampy,” USA, to a Corps of over 60,000 people deployed for months (or years) of combat operations - and all points in between - it always starts with security. We protect ourselves first, make sure we can communicate second, and then take care of myriad priorities of work from there.
I have found the business world to be no different. If money or information is exchanging hands, external forces seem to be ready to pounce. They want to catch a free ride; and they are looking for an easy chance to intercept some, all, or even MORE than just the transactional amount. Treasure troves have been released by simple, small vulnerabilities. Look at the Target breach of millions of customers’ data - it occurred largely because the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) log-in was simple, AND it was on the same network as the financial data. I’ll bet the Target leadership did NOT have the New Years Resolution to ensure they had heightened security in 2013. That said, after the November incident, we can all be assured that their 2014 resolution included a healthy dose of security upgrades.
Heading into February, our Envision Design newsletter will hit the streets in a week. Along with it is the monthly free report, “The 7 Most Critical IT Security Protections Every Business Must Have In Place NOW To Protect Themselves From Cybercrime, Data Breaches And Hacker Attacks.” Truth be told, none of our clients are the size of Target; but we treat each one with the same level (or an even HIGHER level) of respect in terms of securing, monitoring, protecting, backing up, taking actions against threats, and preparing to recover their data. At the beginning of the 2d month of 2019 would be a perfect time to review the 7 Protections checklist. Reflect. Assess. Take action.
Our clients went into business to help people, to follow their passions, and to make money in the process. We aim to have them ALL on board when we roll into 2020, so we work hard during the day to stay ahead of threats - learning, studying, training, monitoring, watching for anomalies or intrusion - and we sleep well at night, assured that the systems are in place to make all of that happen 24-7. It’s like being in the Army, again - we are on duty all the time.
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