It is no longer a case of hoping for the best when it comes to business security.
Changes to the way we do business, how business is conducted, how fast the transactions are done and the insidious implications of social media have made business in the last 5 years a huge challenge for most business no matter the size.
Multi nationals who rely on their advertising spend to get customers through to the small and medium businesses, the mom and pop organisations, who are challenging them in most areas of today’s business world all have huge if not insurmountable business problems.
No longer can we rely on “that’s how we have always done X”.
In today’s world that is old thinking, old strategy and in most cases a good way to disillusion your clients and go out of business.
With all of this happening we also have the problem of protection.
Protecting business assets, protecting our clients, protecting our staff, protecting our revenue stream.
These are just a few of our inward and outward facing security problems.
We are often told that security is a business problem but all of the onus to fix it falls to the ICT department. This is no longer the way to do it.
Business security is a whole of business phenomena. Everyone from the head of the board to the warehouse cleaner needs to be involved, and involved from the nuts and bolts through to the strategy.
Today’s world is all about data, and protecting that data from anyone and everyone who does not have permission to use it, see it or interact with it. With everything in today’s world being digital, in most cases we cannot see the problems this creates.
Today’s business security is all about common sense, seeing the wood from the trees and making sure that you are alleviating risk at every possibility.
Business security is all about risk!
Business security comes down to risk, defining the risk and then mitigating it for your organisation.
Every organisation is different and every organisation will mitigate the risk differently but all organisations need to start looking at the problem of risk.
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Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity), Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and the SME Digital Security Framework. Rapid Restart Appliance Creator. He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and Educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.