One of the worst situations that you can be in is acrimonious separation of an IT person from an organisation.
A bad separation, just like a bad divorce can have significant impact.
Large organisations have systems, policies, procedures and processes in place that protect the organisation, when they are used of course. If followed they protect the organisation well.
SME’s on the other hand have different problems.
We have come across smaller organisation that still have old staff members on the books with full administrator access to everything that is still being done in the organisation.
The problems this creates can be huge.
They have access to privileged accounts. Accounts that can do anything on the organisations digital world.
Just a few ideas of what they can do!
They can steal your trade secrets and take them / sell them to your opposition.
They can steal your client list and use them for a number of bad things – competition, blackmail, sabotage.
They can cause software issues, lock outs and shut downs
They can lock legitimate users / all users out of the organisation.
In most cases the IT person is there because they know computers. They were allocated the role when they joined and you may even have paid for some education and training packages to make them better.
This just puts them in the position of holding the keys to the kingdom.
If you are going to remove an IT person from your organisation, the best thing you can do is outsource your IT, for a short time or indefinately. They have the expertice to protect your organisation and they are under contract to ensure your systems are safe.
Roger Smith is a highly respected expert in the fields of cybercrime and business security and is a Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity) on Cybercime, Cybersecurity and the hacking techniques used by the digital criminal.
He is the primary presenter for the Business Security Intensive (BSI) and author of the Digital Security Toolbox which is given away for free at the BSI. He is a speaker, author, teacher and educator on Cybercrime and an expert on how to protect yourself, your staff, your clients and your intellectual property from the digital world.
Building a secure framework around your business using available technology
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—anti-virus on any system that is connecting to the internet.
Why we still need it
And this is why we need it, because the viruses that are out there, and they are out there, there’s a lot of them, they need to find homes for themselves, and the only way they can do that is through the technology that we’re utilizing. And that anti-virus means that you’ve got a 99.9% chance of stopping that virus coming into you.
End point protection – AV, malware, spyware
Anti-virus goes to the next level as well, because anti-virus also needs things like endpoint protection. Anti-virus, malware, spyware. And that endpoint protection has two components. It’s actually on the system itself, whether that’s your tablet, your phone, your laptop, your computer, or your server, and it’s managed from somewhere, managed from a central location so that anytime anti-virus attaches to your network it gets pushed out, the newest versions to your system, the newest updates that are required.
But we also need to authenticate. We also need to, all of that technology and software that’s coming into our networks, we need to have some way of finding out who’s accessing it and how they’re accessing it. And that who’s accessing it and why it’s being accessed is part of the authentication protocols for your system.
Username and passwords
The most important part of authentication is your username and passwords, and we all know how complicated usernames and passwords are. I’ve just read an article recently about the difference between a professional person and a non-professional IT person on how they manage usernames and passwords.
So a professional, I have a complicated password. I use a password manager, mainly because I have access to 200-300 sites or reasons to have access to 200-300 sites, and I’m never going to be able to remember.
But there’s also other things you can use. You can use a password. You can actually create a base password that you add on different components of. The security, we’ll talk about cloud later on, is cloud is only secure as your usernames and passwords on your terrestrial systems. Because if you don’t have—if you use password and password, then the hackers are going to be able to hack that without a problem in the world.
The other thing about passwords, and especially when it comes to hardware and software installation, is some things come with a default password. They actually come with admin and password, or admin and admin. And this is what default passwords are known by. You can do a quick search on the internet. You can go default password for this model.
And then it will tell you admin/admin or admin/password, admin/blank. But that also then goes on. So you need to change those passwords, those default passwords, before you put something into production.
It’s probably better, as you’re setting it up, the first thing you do, it’s forced on you by some of the high-end security systems, things like Cisco and 40Net, they require you to change your password the first time you log onto the system, and that’s really important.
The next part of a technology is encryption. And we’re seeing encryption from a number of places that require information that needs to be encrypted for some reason. Now, we all use encryption when we go to buy something from EBay, or now everything on Facebook is encrypted.
And that’s because that information is there not only because nobody can intercept the communication between the device and the back end, and that back end is also encrypted to make sure that data is secure.
But why do we need encryption? Well, one of the main reasons we need encryption is so that people are no longer able to eavesdrop on the communication between device and back end. But on top of that, if someone actually does get into the back end, or gets into the front end, and steals the database, it’s all encrypted, then they’ve got another problem for themselves.
Normally it would be just in plain text, you know, Joe Bob has got this email address and this credit card number. All that sort of information is in the database. But if it’s all encrypted, then all they get is gobbledy-gook. And that gobbledy-gook is really good because you no longer have a problem with it.
Why we need to employ it in transit
So we need to have some level of encryption, and that level of encryption comes about because we’ve got information being transmitted between your device and the back end and that’s what’s called in transit. And that transmission that comes between you and back again, if it’s encrypted then people can’t read it. If people can’t read it, there’s no problems with it.
Why we need to employ it at rest
But we also need to encrypt our “at rest.” It needs to be encrypted so that when it is located on a hard drive, and even though you employ cloud computing, it’s still residential on some piece of hardware somewhere. It doesn’t matter where it is. It would be nice to know if you know where it is. But it doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it is at rest it is encrypted.
VPN – Virtual Private Network
We have a system called virtual private network, which is really a tunnel between a device and your system over the internet. So it’s literally a system where you can protect all of that information that you put past as intellectual property by making sure that the information is always unreadable. And that’s why we need virtual private networks. We used to have systems dial in, but now virtual private networks are so much easier to use and so much easier to set up.
And then we’ve got Wi-Fi. Who here has logged onto a Wi-Fi connection that didn’t require a username or a password? Do you know why it’s not a good idea? Because going back to the encryption component, that username and password, or just the password, the WPA passphrase, actually encrypts the information that you’re putting into the system.
And that passphrase, along with a few other components of your computer, gives you a unique encryption component that then can be used by them to make sure it’s more secure. And again, once again with Wi-Fi, if it’s got default usernames and passwords, change them, because you don’t want other people getting onto your Wi-Fi and using your system to attack other people.
Principles – Dos and don’ts
So we’ve now got some principles around what we’re doing as a business and an organization. Because we know that we need to have newer technology. It doesn’t have to be super new, but it needs to be newer technology. And as I said, with things like Wi-Fi, there are definitely dos and don’ts.
Use complicated passwords and passphrases. Use complicated usernames and passwords for VPNs. Make sure that your technology is doing exactly what you want it to do. And you want to make sure that along the lines of how you protect your business, these are things that you really need to do.
Now later on, we talk about management in our framework. But management of the technology actually has its own systems in place. Normally we have policies and procedures and processes that are managing the people who use the technology, but you need to have some level of system management to make sure that they systems are set up properly.
Setting up those systems, because it is very important about how you do it, you need to have a level of visibility. You need to be able to say, “If I set up a firewall, how do I go about doing it?” for instance. “If I’m installing anti-virus, where does it get installed? What does it get done by?” These are the systems that make your system, your organization, more secure.
But along with visibility, we also have accountability. We have an accountability component because we need to know who set that firewall up, who changed the rules of that firewall. Did they change the rules, or did they just make a rule up that they didn’t know was going to work and then didn’t worry about it? Who did that? Why did they need to do it?
And then we need to have some component of manageability. It’s no use having systems in place that nobody knows how to manage. And for small or medium businesses, understanding technology can be a huge burden because it means you are either not focusing on your core business, or you have someone else who’s not focusing on their core business.
Technology, I know everybody wants convenience and low cost and everything else, it doesn’t matter how convenient the system is, what you are seeing is 10% of what the system can do. Because that 10% is what makes our business work. That other 90%, we don’t even know about. And that’s what the bad guys really want you to do, is they want you to be unaware of where to go.
One of the things we come about with small or medium businesses is everything is in one place. Your database is on a server. Your exchange is on a server, and there’s no segregation or separation of that information. That separation of that information is really important. Small businesses usually, staff, with the account system, everybody has access to the account system.
But as you get bigger, you don’t want that so you need to start separating your data. The other thing about data separation is if you’ve got a Wi-Fi system that has a guest component, or someone has even a Wi-Fi system that doesn’t have a guest component, the best thing you can do is—
Yes, they can log onto your Wi-F and use your Wi-Fi as long as they’ve got the proper passphrase, but you don’t want them inside your network. Because if they’re inside your network, they can do so much damage without even knowing what they’re doing. So data separation means that you make sure that if someone on the Wi-Fi needs to access your network, then they can VPN in, and that separation is critical to protecting your organization.
And because we don’t want a flat network, if you’ve got people who want and need access to specific IP or patents, for instance, then you don’t want everybody having access to it because you’ll lose that intellectual property and trade secrets. And if you’ve got information about how you tender, or how you bill on a tender, or what your cost is for a tender, then you don’t want someone else, your competition for instance, knowing that’s how you work. This is why you don’t want a flat network. You want to make sure that flat network is a tiered access so that people, only specific people, can get to specific information.
Another thing about technology is we worry about how we manage patches. Patch management is really important across the board. Because patch management literally tells you which component you’re patching and which component you’re not patching. Patch management is again, going back to the difference between a professional and an everyday user, a professional would sit down and to, “It doesn’t matter what those patches are, I’m going to apply them all. Most people just get selected by, “I’ll just click the button and go here and score the lot.” That’s what you need to do to make sure. Because you never know when that compromised system, or that system that can be compromised, even though it was a benign compromise, couldn’t do anything you couldn’t get out of, might turn into a cancerous attack. And you need to be able to manage those updates as well.
Finally, we’re looking at best practice. All hardware and software comes with “This is how you should install it. This is the best place to put it. This is how you should set up your firewall. This is how you should then take the next step to go to the next level.”
That best practice is designed by the people who made this hardware and software, so the best practice is coming from literally the horse’s mouth. They are telling you to set up x machine, you need to do x, and if you don’t do x, it’s not going to work to the best capacity that it can.
Why we need them
But also, when it comes to that level of expertise, you need to have the expert advice, because they have created a machine, for instance, that connects your Wi-Fi to the rest of the network. So you need to know what is the best way of doing it, and how you are you are going to do it, and why you need that device in the first place because it does a specific role and protects your business from a specific thing that makes it harder.
So, in conclusion, we’ve looked at the technology. And the technology component of my framework has a number of systems.
Hardware – So we have hardware, which is literally the hardware components of what we use to do our business.
Software – On top of the hardware, then we have software.
Anti-virus – And protecting that software is anti-virus. That’s only a first-level defense, because all of the other things that we’re doing should be making that defense around your organization a lot more secure.
Authentication – We need to make sure that the right people are getting at the right information in the right way, and they cannot run away with that information or make it very hard for us to make sure that information is secure. This is where authentication comes in, so the right usernames and passwords have access to the right information.
Encryption – And all of that information that we’re downloading or moving around our network is all encrypted, so nobody can pick it up and store it somewhere else unencrypted so they can steal that information.
System Management – We need to manage the systems that we put in place. We need to incorporate management policies and procedures so that when the systems are installed, this is how you do it. We do a lot of installation of things like servers, for instance. We have a checklist. That checklist includes what is installed, how it’s installed, where it’s installed, and how the system is set up.
We know that there’s not going to an administrator, an account called administrator because that is part of our system management. We know that the passwords are going to be more than eight characters long. They’re going to adhere to a specific setting that we’ve got in our system. That is why we need to manage the systems properly.
Data Separation – We need to separate our data from public to private to super private to secret. And that data separation is really important for that business. It might mean that you only keep your really important information on a USB stick that you keep in your pocket, hopefully with a backup.
But you know that the only person who has access to that information is you, unless of course you lose it, and then you’d better hope that it’s encrypted. Because if it’s unencrypted, then you have a problem.
But going back to USB sticks for instance, alright? USB sticks are like a ubiquitous part of our business at the moment. Everybody has USB sticks. Everybody has USB hard drives. And there’s two problems. One is how do you make sure that information on that system, if I plug it into my computer I can read it?
You don’t want that to happen. You want to be able to go plug it in, yes, there’s data there but it needs to be unencrypted to be able to access it. Because it’s your data, you usually have the key for that problem. But if you lose that hardware, you lose that USB stick, then you have got a level of protection that is there just in case you lose it.
But the other one about USB sticks is the bad guys have found a way of using them to their systems. What they’ll do is they’ll actually seek car parks with old USB sticks. A friend of mine got caught in Las Vegas with this. Crossing the car park, she picked up a USB stick, looked at it. It has Boeing on it. Boeing Airlines. A legitimate company, rather large.
Obviously someone from Boeing had dropped it, so she took it home. Took it into her hotel room. Instead of handing it into the reception area, she just took it upstairs and plugged it into her laptop, and she was quite happily looking at all the information on it. What it was, was a slideshow.
To make the slideshow work, you could just click on a slide element and it would come up as a product. But if you wanted the slideshow to work, there was a little thing that said slideshow.exe, and she clicked on that. She wasn’t able to use her laptop until she got home because nothing worked after this. That’s one of the reasons why you’ve got to be very careful with what’s happening.
Best Practice – In addition, we have the last thing, which is best practice. Best practices are the way—is professional advice on how you do things. Installing a firewall from Cisco? Then you use the best practices from Cisco. Installing a Wi-Fi system from Linksys? How do they recommend you set it up? That is best practice
Where does this all fit into the framework?
As I said, we’re looking at the framework which is technology, management, adaptability and compliance.
How do you know if it is all in the right place?
We need to know that all of this information is in the right place and all of that technology is working to our benefit in making our business so much more secure. So we don’t need those legacy systems, and if we do need the legacy systems, let’s go and find another system that works the same way to a level we can then utilize for our business.
Where to from here?
So, where to from here? As the little man in the maze said, “What now?” What you need to do is upgrade your systems. You need to make sure you are using the best systems that are available, the newest systems available. That includes, and I’m not really delighting in Windows 10 at the moment, but it is important that you use that type of system.
If you’re using Windows 8.1, great. But if you’re using XP, get rid of it, because it is a huge problem. If you’re using an old iPhone 5 for instance, or an iPhone 4, I use an iPhone 4 for recording, but that’s the only thing I use it for. It hasn’t got anything else on it apart from it plugs into my computer and I can download the movies onto it. That’s really important going forward on how we do it.
So, if you want more information, I have two books out. One you have to buy, the other one is free. If you want to get in contact with me, then I am on Twitter. I’m on Facebook. I’m on LinkedIn. Just drop us a line.
Seminar and Webinars
We do run these webinars and seminars regularly. We’ve got another webinar tomorrow at 12:00, on a Lunch and Learn series. But we run seminars as well, and we do Google Hangouts just to make sure that we are getting in contact with as many people as we can.
So thank you very much. Are there any questions? If there’s no questions, thank you very much for your time. It has been very nice talking to you.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses – Business Continuity
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Hello! My name is Roger and I’d like to talk to you about what is Business Continuity.
Business Continuity, along with disaster recovery, are looking at critical compartments and functions of the organization and make sure that they will continue to run if there’s an interruption to your business.
So, it counteracts business interruptions to a level where you know that if something is going to happen or something has happened, you will be in a situation where it will be a better problem day forward.
So, with the business continuity plan, you have to have solutions to problems and business continuity does solutions have to have an understanding of how they are going to impact the business of the organizations.
There are two main components of Business Continuity:
Your Recovery Point Objectives –which ones do you want to get up and running again and how fast you need to do that is called a Recovery Time Objective.
And those two components are what you should be looking at in the business to find out what is going to be good for your business and how fast you need things up and running.
But with that Business Continuity, there’s a lot of things. You have to understand that if you have a disaster and you need the business continuity plan or the business continuity has to come in to it, you need to know that you have to spend money to get back to where you were and who has the purse strings and how people access that money is part of business continuity.
Also, you need to have a compliance component. The compliance component make sure that your business is up and running and protecting everything that it needs to protect your tasks.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses – what is Business Continuity Planning
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Hello. My name is Roger and today I’d like to talk you about Business Continuity Planning.
So, What is Business Continuity Planning? Well, that is making sure that if something happens to your business, that the business is going to continue as business as normal or if something has happened and it has a detrimental effect on you, how far or how long is it going to take before you get back to business-as-usual.
Today in business continuity plan, you have to have an impact analysis of what risks and mitigate those risks to make sure that you have the best in place of things if things go wrong that they could recover from.
So, you need to have your Recovery Time Objectives – what is critical to the business, how fast does it need to be backed-up? If something fouls and it is critical to the business, can it be done at all? And if it does go down, what are you going to do about it?
But also, you need to do a risk assessment and this is all about risk. You’re looking at the risks of the business and making sure that you are taking overly-expectant consideration in making decisions based on those facts. If you need email to work all the time, then that is a business continuity consideration. If you need your database to be accessible at all times for the website, then that is a business continuity assessment. And then you have to mitigate all those risks to put systems in place so that your business continues no matter what.
So if you have a on-site, website server and your internet goes down, then you lost a large component of your business. So how do you make sure that doesn’t happen? Well, you have to download systems or you move your server, you mover your website to a cloud or to a cloud-server or to a hosted system. But on top of that, you have to also keep monitoring and testing to make sure that if things are changing, how do we make sure that business continuity is changing with them. And if we add things or remove things, we have to change the plan to make sure that we are no longer consuming the old technology and we are now using the new technology.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses – How the cloud can be a better way of doing business.
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Hello. My name is Roger and today I’d like to talk to you about How the cloud can be a better way of doing business.
We all heard about the cloud. It’s a case of we demand move a capital expense on hardware and software to an operation expense where we are only paying for the use of systems. And because we’re doing that, it’s now a lot more cost-effective to use the cloud to do what we need to do.
It’s not going to cost me $25,000 to set up a server, it’s going to cost me $500 a month. And if you think about $500 a month could be expensive, so you look around for cheaper ways of doing things. But also, the cloud makes it convenient.
I consider the café down the road and I can pay my bills or I can transfer money to my employees or I can buy stuff. And that makes it really convenient for me as a business owner to be able to do anything I want.
And that is one of the reasons why the cloud is becoming a better way in doing business because it is cost effective and it is convenient. And those two things are really important to any small business.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses – How to create a Business Continuity Plan
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Hello. My name is Roger and today I’d talk about creating a Business Continuity Plan.
Now, Business Continuity Plan is really important for any business going forward but it has a 5-point life cycle and that life cycle is used to make sure that you are always up-to-date with your business continuity. So the first thing that we have to look at is what risks are in the business and what risks will impact the business to stop it from going forward and continuing to do business.
We don’t have to design a solution around what those risks are and then we have to implement those designed systems to make sure that we are looking at how things are going to run and how things are going to be at a business continuing level.
From there, we need to test it. Now, testing can be one of two things. One of the two things is you can do a hypothetic ‘what happens if this happens?’ Will these things be in place and that’s great. Or you can do it physically – turn off something. What happens if I turn off this? Oh no, that’s broken.
And then from there, we can maintain it. And that maintenance they looks at all of the new additional components that we bring into the business as we go forward as a business. So, new technology – better business continuity.
But going back to the analysis, we have to look at business impact statement – what systems impact the business the most? What is the most critical part of the business? What is the biggest threat and how do we analyze that threat to make sure it is all right. And then, once we’re done with that, we need to go, well, if we’ll lose this, what requirements are we required to recover from that problem?
We need to have a business continuity plan for security for ourselves and we also need to put into account as an individual business what components could go well to that plan. And with every organization, it will be different. You might have two problems but they might have different requirements to make sure that they have business continuity and their business continues no matter what.
There has been a large amount of discussion on why cybersecurity is important to all Organisations. No matter your size or your focus we are all targets of cyber criminals. The biggest and hardest thing to do is convince small and medium businesses and not for profit Organisations that cybercrime is in fact rampant in the digital world.
I often hear, we are too small to be a target, it will not happen to me and we have nothing worth stealing. These are classic examples of the SME’s mentality when it comes to cybercrime.
Recently I came across two more reasons that SME’s are not embracing the dangers of cybercrime.
We make hammers
I was recently talking to a small hardware retailer at a networking function. When I explained to him what we did – educate and protect Organisations against cybercrime to build business resilience – his comment was
“Why should I worry about that, all I do is sell hammers”.
This is a major flaw in the SME business world. Organisations forget that no matter what you do, how you do it and how you make money we do it in the digital world. Protecting your digital assets is just as important as using them for the business.
The digital world is cost effective and convenient. We use it for everything – sales, marketing, communication, accounting. Connecting to the digital world = target.
Being targeted because they are connected, does not seem to enter into most business minds. We take enormous care to make sure that we cannot be robbed in the real world. We are blazee about our digital assets.
We are all citizens of the digital world;
Using the digital world = target!
Connecting to the digital world = target!
Being a member of the digital world = target!
You may sell hammers, or build patios, or run electrical cable, or dig holes, we all still have systems in place that are connected to the digital world.
How do you communicate – email, social media!
How do you bill your clients – accounting package or cloud based system!
What other uses is your smart device used for – on line banking, looking for information.
Each one of those system, in today’s world – is a target.
Make sure you protect it!
Practice you recovery
If disaster struck, would you survive?
One of the largest problems as a managed services provider is that we can do everything that is required of us. We can create disaster recovery plans, business continuity plans or install backup solutions. We know that they will work and will protect the organisation. But how do we prove that?
If the C level, board or management levels are not interested then it is a total waste of time. There is an advert for a mattress company that goes “a 50% saving on a bed that is not right for you is a 100% waste of money”. The same is true of an untested disaster plan.
An untested DR plan, BC plan or backup are a total waste of time if;
It is not tested
The right systems are not included in the plans
No one knows what to do
No one is willing to invest time and money in the outcomes
Where you do not want to be. The first and only test is when a disaster happens. That will bring you a world of pain.
The only way to confirm that your plans are going to work is to see what happens if the systems are turned off.
Try it sometime.
It will definitely show you what you can expect in the aftermath of a cyberattack, a natural disaster or just a failed hard drive.
Managing the risk of a cyber-attack is very important to all SME’s. If you have a digital component it is a risk to your business. Make sure you mitigate that risk to a level that you are happy about.
Winging it and no plan are not alternatives.
There are so many stories about Organisations that did not have backup, did not have DR or BC plans, or thought that did not have to worry about digital security.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd and Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime discusses system monitoring and why an SME needs it.
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Hi. My name is Roger. I’d like to talk to you today about what sort of monitoring is needed by a small and medium enterprise of a non-profit organization.
In today’s world, if something breaks it usually stops what you are doing pretty drastically. If your hard drive fails in your laptop or in your pc then naturally that becomes just a paper weight on your table, and you don’t that to happen. You don’t want to be in a situation where when it fails is the first time you realize you had a problem and this is where my team monitoring comes into it.
Most many services providers will have a managed component that is probably free or very inexpensive as part of their package. Because it’s really important to them to understand (a) that you’ve got a problem and (b) to fix the problem before you realize you have a problem, which makes them look really good. And that’s what it’s all about, making them look really good in your eyes.
So, instead of having the hard drive failure or having had the pc running for a long time and then come up and say, ‘well it’s running out of space’. You need to know that sort of thing. And this is where that sort of monitoring comes in.
When they install the monitoring system, they actually do it on all of the pcs, all of the laptops, all of the tablets and phones, and they create a baseline. That baseline is how it works now. So they can see what happens over the course of a couple of months and a couple years. And when you need to replace it, or when you need to upgrade it, if your processor is working overtime just because you’re doing graphic design then you need a better computer to do the job.
And as I said, the good thing about a managed service provider provides if they got a monitoring component is that they will look at the system and go, ‘that’s going to break, we better do something, here’s our hard drive, go and put it in and swap all the data out’. And that is why you need to have it.
Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd and Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime discusses the need for small and medium business to have some level of business continuity plan
Hi. My name is Roger and today I would like to talk to you about business continuity for small business. What is business continuity? Well business continuity is making sure that if something does happen to your business then you have a good platform to be able to continue doing business.
And there’s a number of things that make business continuity, or BC as we call it, profitable for your business as well. Now, business continuity is based on things like what happens if we have another cyclone like the hurricane like Sandy? Or we have similar tropical storm like the one that wiped out the pacific area recently.
Now those are things that have a continuity component to make sure your business is capable if something happens. But what happens if the small thing happens? Your marketing manager wins a lottery and [Indiscernible 00:01:08] not playing anymore.
Okay so you just lost your marketing manager. How much of an impact is that going to have on your business? And that impact on your business is going to be pretty quickly.
So the first thing when it comes to business continuity is you need a plan. You need a plan that sets out the things that you consider are really important. Natural disaster – this is what we do. Marketing manager wins lottery – this is what we do. And by making sure that the business continuity from point of your business is secure and set up properly.
You know that if the marketing manager wins a lottery and moves out, the assistant marketing manager knows not only what he does, he knows how it’s done and why it’s done and who he’s talking to. That is part of your business continuity.
But a business continuity plan has to be written down. It has to be one page to 150 pages. It has to specify what you are going to do because if you don’t do that, a) you haven’t thought it through so you’re playing it badly on the wing at the time which is not a good place to be, and b) it needs to be written down so everybody knows what they have to do.
As I said, marketing manager walks out, assistant marketing manager knows the role. CIO walks out, IT manager takes over. That is part of the business continuity. But because you are doing that you are also increasing the resilience in your business.
The business resilience then becomes a very important component of how you are going to go forward. So business continuity for small business, very important. And it’s something that you’ll need to take to the next level by having a proper plan.