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Digital security breaches are a fact of life nowadays. It’s time to come to terms with that and figure out a way to operate our businesses in such a way to LIMIT our exposure as its most likely not something that can be altogether eliminated.

I am not trying to have a “gloom and doom” attitude or come at you with a sales pitch telling you that we can prevent attacks from happening to you and your business altogether as that is most likely not the case.

What I am trying to get across is that pretending these breaches don’t happen or won’t happen to us needs to stop. The REAL issue that we have isn’t that attacks are happening since they are all but inevitable, it’s that we only find out after the fact.

There are many causes to delays in public notification about security breaches and data being compromised but what are we supposed to do about something when we find out about it ourselves weeks/months down the road?

Vulnerability exists in the digital world at all times and when we realize there are threats only after the fact and someone else suffering immense loss or exposure of critical info, what good does that do the rest of us?  How do we protect something that may have already been compromised?

There are methods of prevention that can be utilized to minimize risk and maximize security all without adding multiple layers of complexity to simple tasks and slowing down your day to day operation.

While there may be no 100% effective solution, the trick is to know about vulnerabilities as soon as possible and work to eliminate them before they cost you data, time & most importantly, money.

Being proactive instead of reactive is a concept that can be hard to adjust to. How do we fix an issue that doesn’t exist yet? The key is to stay current on security, not run antiquated soft/hardware, using enterprise grade products/programs and staying up to date on best practices when it comes to security (password changes on a regular basis, password complexities, etc.).

Just a couple very big examples of personal and critical data being breached over the last couple years which illustrate my point can be found here:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3755613/equifax-hack-social-insurance-number-safety-protection-privacy/

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/15/technology/yahoo-security-breach-billion-users/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/25/technology/deloitte-hack-cybersecurity-guardian/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool

Published By: Adrian Ghira on September 28th, 2017