“Cybersecurity” just sounds like something that must be really complicated, right?
Sure it does — it sounds exotic and cool — and complicated. And yes, when you get into the weeds of technical things that hackers (actually, crackers) do to monkey around with computers, it can be mind-boggling.
But, must you really understand all of those things to have some basic cybersecurity protection to help improve the odds for your company?
- How much would your company’s cybersecurity odds improve if nobody in your company ever clicked on a phishing email?
- If 75% wouldn’t?
- If 50% more wouldn’t, after being taught how to think about them, than would have before?
- How hard would it really be to take one day a month and have a lunch-and-learn for your workforce to help teach them how to think about and recognize such attacks, as well as other similar techniques the bad guys use?
Phishing scams, weak passwords, infected usb devices — those aren’t the exotic things that people think about when they hear the word “cybersecurity.” They are the easy(ier) things — the low hanging fruit in the grand cybersecurity scheme. But don’t forget, even that low-hanging fruit can go a long way toward making a really good cybersecurity pie and save you and your company a whole lot of heartburn!
Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a business lawyer with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.