How important is cyber-security and corporate security to a business or entrepreneur?
In today's inter-connected world of information seem to be prone to hacking or idea espionage. How does one secure his/hers corporate networks or systems? Does one patent every single idea or the pen/pencil to paper is still the best security? Do share your thoughts or opinions.
Too many people are willing to give too much amateur advice that will lead to a false sense of security, your best option is to hire an accountable expert.
With the increase in cyber-based attacks it is more important than ever. We are not just seeing individuals performing attacks but sophisticated and coordinated attacks from other countries and even criminal organizations. Small businesses can no longer count on being too small to bother with and are increasingly the target of attacks.
As employees become more mobile, you cannot simply think about a walled garden. You have to be aware of who has access to what data and when. Education is probably the best, first line, of defense. Most attacks can bypass security by simply talking people into giving them access, or tricking them into visiting a malicious website or opening an email. Knowing what to watch out for can dramatically decrease your exposure.
Just keep in mind that the access that gives companies the mobility also creates security risks.
One of the biggest weaknesses (assuming you have a generally secured network) are people! Weak passwords, passwords sharing, visitiing websites they should not, clicking on the first link from a google search for "free" - you name it.
I still can't get users to realise that when they see a message in the middle of their browser "Fake malware buster 2013" that they should just close the browser or shutdown their PC - rather than the "Scan now" or "X" button on the dialog itself.
The best solutions are multi-layered:
3: Staff training (heck, that might even be number 2)
4: Strong passwords. Changed Passwords.
6: Audit Audit Audit !
7: Physical Security !. You mention paper and pencil - but what if your work is put in a scanner/copier or photographed with smartphone?
It is extremely important. Having worked at a company which managed 6 million domains (a domain parking company, Oversee.net) the amount of traffic we had to block due to compromised domains due to hacking, malware and other misc cyber related traffic was tremendous. I don't have a feel for the Entrepreneur side but the business side it is critical as from my personal experience it is a major issue. Also the more public the business the more chance of attacks. Also if it is a company which deals in financials, credit cards info, personal information,etc the more likely an attempt to hack.
Unless you want to rebuild your cyber infrastructure every couple of months you need to protect your systems and data like you would a small child in a winer storm. A small business is most vulnerable to cyber intrusions, more than individuals or large companies.
For a business, security is very important. The level of security protections obviously depends on the type of business, but every business should have some focus on security. Customers trust a business with their information and it's a businesses responsibility to take appropriate measures to protect that information.