When personal computers began making their way into businesses in the late 1980s the country saw a huge boost in productivity and companies quickly became reliant on their cyber-servants and the information and crucial processes they controlled.
In those days, a computer crisis almost always involved a technical failure of a component and/or the ineptitude of a human being who failed to make a data backup or triggered the erasure of records. Those problems still exist in varying forms but the biggest worry now is the malicious intent of human beings, whether inside our organizations or hiding in some distant cyber “back alley” waiting to burglarize and seize control of our systems.
Jennifer McEwen, who earlier this year presented the seminar “Why Bad Things Happen to Good Business Owners” a program explaining the basics of prudent insurance coverage, has written an article for her company’s blog highlighting cyber security best practices. It’s a great summary of the threats and provides a useful checklist for every small business owner to avoid disaster.
Unlike natural disasters that can’t be prevented, only defended against, many of these threats can be averted through proactivity.