With all the attention lately on cybersecurity here’s a sobering fact. According to the New York Times, the private sector spent more than $67 billion on cybersecurity last year. Yet most of the successful hacks were not detected until months after they began.
Bill Sikkens, a cybersecurity expert with Nevada-based Cumulus Technology, says companies like Target might have avoided massive security breaches by being more proactive. He recommends businesses big and small do more self-audits to probe their network, identify weaknesses and fix them.
Sikkens says one of your first checks should be wireless security. He says unless it’s protected, anyone who can receive your wifi signal, usually up to a half mile around your place, can get on your network. Your wifi security code should protect you, assuming it’s setup properly. If you’re not sure, Sikkens says check the instructions that came with the device or call a professional.
Cumulus works with medical professionals to make sure patient files stay private, that there are no data breaches and that rules are being followed.