“You don’t know when they were there, when they left, what they took, and what they left behind”. And until you acknowledge that, you will leave gaps in your defenses or your monitoring that the bad guys will easily exploit.
Should the prevalence of cyber security stories worry your company or you personally? You bet it should! The scary thing is that even with all of the media attention, there are thousands of breaches taking place daily that do not show up in the news. In many cases the hacked companies and individuals don’t even know they’ve been compromised!
I’m sure that you’ve heard today’s news about the NSA’s work to break encryption and gain access to corporate and individual data. Not that you have anything to hide, but if the NSA can get to your data, odds are that soon there will be hackers out there that will be able to, and in some cases, depending on your current security protocols, may already have.
This recent severe weather in the Northeast has knocked out significant infrastructure that enterprises rely on for the operation of their businesses. Sites hosted by some service providers disappeared from the internet; servers and data-centers that are still up and running have had their connections to the internet severed. Because of this, many companies have been affected, and even those that have not, are taking a long hard look at their business continuity and disaster recovery plans.