Why IT Needs a Seat at the Table: The Threats Are Real

Technology is moving faster than ever. Whether it’s targeted warfare, or just “spraying” to determine who’s vulnerable, the threats are real.
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Ted Clouser

Why IT Needs a Seat at the Table: The Threats Are Real

by | Apr 27, 2022

Technology is moving faster than ever.  Whether it’s targeted warfare or just “spraying” to determine who’s vulnerable, the threats are real.

As stated in the smallbiztrends.com blog, “Hackers are increasingly targeting small business owners. This is because small businesses have more data than individuals but weaker security than large corporations.”

Statistics

  1. On average, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.
  2. Cybercrime costs will grow by 15 percent per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion USD annually by 2025, up from $3 trillion USD in 2015.
  3. 95% of cybersecurity breaches can be traced back to human error.
  4. 62% of small businesses claim that they lack the skills in-house to be able to properly deal with security issues.
  5. 60% of small businesses go out of business after a breach.
  6. According to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study, 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.

In today’s environment, IT needs a seat at the boardroom table.

We all know that every decision made in your institution involves risk. Today, the boardroom needs to discuss every risk with technology in mind, and needs a team of experts evaluating all ideas, processes and techniques to assure the latest threats are being addressed.

What we believe was secure yesterday may very well not be secure tomorrow.

In addition to evaluating your own processes, it is critical to consider the risk your customers face. If 60% of small businesses go out of business after a breach, then having your customer breached means your institution could be at risk from a business perspective.

Not only does a cyber attack disrupt normal operations, but it may cause damage to important IT assets and infrastructure that can be impossible to recover from without the budget or resources to do so. 

“60% of small businesses go out of business after a breach.” 

There was a high-profile case in Arkansas in Q4 2019 that caused a 300+ employee company to close its doors after a ransomware attack. The company didn’t have the proper measures in place to recover, and opted to shut down operations, sending all employees home just before Christmas, and left vendors questioning what happens next.

Education is a key component in addressing this epidemic.

Does your institution have a strategy to educate your internal team on a regular basis?

Are you testing your users and then training those that fail? And are you doing it often enough?

What about your customers – do you play a role in educating them?

These are all questions you need to ask in your boardroom.

A strategic plan to be in front of your customers as a trusted advisor will make you more competitive in today’s highly aggressive and ever-changing market.

As the next generation becomes many of your consumers, building trust as an overall advisor has value that sets you apart from the “big boys”.

If you were the financial institution of the above-mentioned Arkansas company, and you were taking the opportunity to educate them on their risk, could their business have been saved? We’ll never know, but that is why we work to raise awareness and offer solutions to assist.

As a leading technology provider for 25 years, we have a hashtag that we reference often – #TheThreatsAreReal.

We believe that a collaborative approach to educating and protecting small businesses is necessary. If you agree, let’s strategize together and change the world – or at least Arkansas! Contact us today to see how we can partner with you to help protect your business.

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