Most jobs involve computers or other electronics in some way. Even jobs that just a few years ago were strictly analogue have been digitized. It is nearly impossible to go an entire day in any workplace without using the Internet, smartphones, and computers. This means that just about everyone is at risk of a cyberattack that could cripple their business, and in some cases lead to significant legal penalties.
Because everyone is at risk, everyone is also responsible for information security, also known as cybersecurity. Maintaining perfect security is never possible, but every organization and every employee can take some basic steps to eliminate the most common vulnerabilities. Attacks are usually based on perceived ease of access, so the harder you make it to attack you, the less likely someone is to try.
As attacks on technological infrastructure have become more prevalent, legislators and regulators have imposed strict responsibilities on organizations to maintain appropriate safeguards for data under their control. The wealth of medical, financial, and personal information that some organizations maintain about their patients, clients, or patrons is often all too tempting a target for hackers, and failing to take adequate steps can ruin a business, even if there are no specific legal consequences. While legislation generally explains that organizations must have plans and programs for safeguarding information, there is often a lack of detail regarding exactly what those plans and programs should look like.
Even if you don’t think of your organization as being involved in technology, chances are good you still have some vulnerable data or systems that need protection. Download our FREE Cybersecurity 101 Guide for the basic aspects you should continually monitor to help protect your organization from potential threats.
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