Remember the cyber security story we wrote about a couple weeks back? The one about the National Security Administration—the United States’ largest electronic intelligence agency—getting hacked?
Well, here’s one part we left out: the data breach wasn’t just a moment of embarrassment for the NSA, but an egregious theft of government secrets. By gaining access into the agency’s network, the “Shadow Brokers” obtained malware, engineered by the NSA, that other attackers would use months later to take computers all over the world hostage.
Basically, it’s like finding out that a global pandemic was secretly created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and we’re all sick because the CDC forgot to lock their doors.
Ok, I’m sure you’re thinking, “We’re not the NSA. How does this impact companies my size?” Osterman Research released a report recently focusing on cyber security within Small and Mid-sized businesses. Two data points really stood out:
Slightly more than two-thirds of the organizations surveyed – 68 percent – reported that they had experienced one or more breaches or infections during the past 12 months.
After a security breach, organizations reported an average of 152 person-hours in IT staff time devoted to addressing the problem.
Additionally, few think highly of their current protection.
Most SMB decision makers believe that the security deployed for their organizations is not doing well, with the largest “security gaps” around the threats of greatest concern. For example, while 61 percent rate phishing a top concern, only 39 percent rate their protection highly.
It’s time to start talking about how to tackle this problem. We’ve collected a panel of super smart people to kick the discussion off.
Join us on December 12 to hear from a panel of cyber security thought leaders dedicated to helping dealerships safeguard their private information. We’ll hear from…
- Jeff Ziplow, Partner at Blum Shapiro Consulting, and leader of the firm’s Risk Management and Process/Controls practice areas;
- Mary Harrington, First Vice President at SunTrust Bank; and
- Kynzie Sims and Joe Aakre of Compli, who will show you how compliance automation can help with that added layer of protection.
Register today for the webinar: Don’t Be a Victim of Cyber Security Breaches.
(If you’re busy and can’t attend the live webinar, no problem! Sign up anyway and we’ll send you the recording via email following the webinar.)