Based on the headlines you see today, it’s no question that cybersecurity is something that every business owner should be concerned about. As attacks become bigger and more frequent, all decision makers must ask the question: who needs to step up and ensure my IT resources are secure?
It would seem as though every other news story is about a company being breached and losing user accounts that number in the thousands or millions–and in one case, billions–or that a Domain Name Server (DNS) provider was brought down by an attack. Of course, each of the attacks and breaches these news stories cover have ramifications that reach all the way to the end users and customers of the world (those who keep businesses in business).
For example, the attack on Dynamic Network Services, or Dyn, lost the major DNS provider 8 percent of the domains it hosted, a total of around 14,500. Another major example of a major data breach is Yahoo. In December, Yahoo announced that one billion accounts were compromised and encouraged users to change their passwords accordingly. What makes this data breach even more ludicrous is the fact that it took place in 2013, which does little to assure businesses that their online data is safe and secure.
As huge enterprises are continually being hit by these sorts of cyber attacks, owners of the much more common small and medium-sized businesses should take the opportunity to evaluate their own security preparedness. However, there is often some disagreement in these organizations as to who exactly is responsible for ensuring that a cyber security strategy is up to standards. The resolution to these disagreements is fortunately very simple: everybody.
Each and every member of every organization needs to do their part when it comes to adhering to the basic safety measures of doing business over (or even just using) the Internet. It doesn’t matter if the employee is C-suite or entry level, every member of the company needs to hold themselves personally responsible for the security of the workplace, as every member could potentially undermine it.