So much of the modern workplace is about fast responses, decisions, and then proceeding with the next item on a task list. When selecting IT security vendors, it is important to not hurry through this task, as if it were on a daily agenda. No matter how confusing technology is for the person responsible for choosing an IT product or service, security is the one shield protecting your corporate intellectual property and money. Today, there are more people trying to take money, and tools to make it easier, than ever before. Some unexpected examples of modern IT security exploits include:
-Credit card readers that are shipped to the US which have been bugged with wireless devices that send your credit card information to foreign nations and are a part of crime network – still untraceable to all merchants, and not limited to one shipment of readers.
-Fake websites that look exactly like real banking and brokerage websites, and skim and record your information to steal your identity.
-Fake security software companies that try and hold your computer and information hostage for a price and credit card number.
-Copy machines store electronic images of ALL copies and scans processed on them, and can be restored with little effort on the part of a novice hacker. Whether they gain physical access to your office, or buy used copy machines from auctions.
Getting a survey of opinions from different sources can make a difference between losing critical confidential company information or protecting it. Since there is a lack of a ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for technical products and services, it is important to consider two things for your business: reliability of the product and how defined and available their service department is to the end users.
When choosing a vendor find the reputation of this vendor or their product. It is worth a few free lunches to security consultants to hear both their experience and their knowledge about the kind of product you wish to purchase. Vendors like American Express or the makers of TurboTax: Intuit, are employing many security practices known to be current and effective. They are also both cautious and serious about your data.
The future of our information handling will require secure reputations and continued enhancements, with the single goal of keeping your information encrypted and confidential. Little (read= no enforceable) regulation exists within the US to easily accuse and jail criminals – especially those from residing in other countries – who steal identity and information. They are outside of the US Rule of Law, and little cooperation exists between countries as of today, to arrest these criminals. The responsibility falls on each individual company to make informed decisions to protect their data.
All companies need to employ both reliable security products and modern internal policies HR policies for all employees who have direct access to corporate sensitive and private information. To reiterate, it is critical to make informed decisions to protect corporate data, BEFORE these products and services are purchased.
While the industry catches up to create something like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, hiring a technology consultant who can give you informed information is critical. Call Menlo Technical today and ask us to run a corporate security analysis consultation that meets your business.