Biz Pointz Host Larry Kortkamp and cyber-security expert Maria Scarmardo, co-owner and CMO with VITECH Security Group, discuss the need to develop a security framework for growth in today’s local business space. Local businesses present vulnerabilities that are now easier and more affordable to resolve than most realize. Looking at security as a part of a solid business plan is a great way to incorporate growth strategies that can otherwise feel overwhelming to implement.
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The security issues listed might seem small, but it doesn’t take much for any one or combination of these issues to quickly get out of control:
- Disgruntled employees
- Neglecting to update passwords every 90 days
- Lack of awareness training for staff, techs, and management
- No disaster recovery plan in place
Maria stresses the importance of establishing policies and procedures that incorporate clear protocols for behavior. Policies and procedures should also include responses to breaches or escalated scenarios to give employees a road map as your company grows.
65% of attacks today are happening to local small businesses. Do you have a disaster recovery plan for breaches or compromised data, malware or ransomware? If so, is it included in policies and procedures? In Texas, if 250 customers become affected by ransom or malware through your organization, there is now a requirement to report it to the Attorney General.
Technology is accelerating, and legislation is changing constantly to keep up with it state-by-state and county-by-county. With VITECH Security Group, each company is a unique situation, with different levels of talent, time, and revenue. A cookie-cutter approach won’t work across the board. Maria advises developing a relationship with IT that creates an environment for strategic planning.
VITECH is a minority-owned, female-owned, small business with over 40 years combined experience in cyber-security and business processes. VITECH Security Group is passionate about securing critical data and infrastructure in government, energy, healthcare and banking, and strives to impact the world through education and legislation. Ultimately, transforming the way people think about cyber-security, so that together, we can build a strong defense against cyber-crime.
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