The truth of the matter is that the single biggest danger to your security is not some strange guy hunched over the electronic glow of a screen surrounded by fast food trash in the Ukraine, it is someone in your office. Over 65% of IT security problems are the result of human mistakes and problems within the system. *
Probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying as the Kraken. According to stories this huge, many armed, creature could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship’s main mast. A kraken would attack a ship by wrapping their arms around the hull and capsizing it. The crew would drown or be eaten by the monster.
Sometimes, InformationTechnology and all its arms, like those of the Kraken, can scare or defeat even the bravest among us.
At first the bad guys would go after what they thought would be a more vulnerable population: people that didn’t speak the language well, older people who may be more easily tricked or businesses that are new to the US and/or the IRS. But the bad guys have cast their net wider, and now everyone is a potential target.
Your organization is producing a national conference and the targets set for attendance and sponsorship are way below what will be needed for the event to not only make a profit, but even simply break even?
Do you cancel the event, cancel the invited speakers and disappoint those who have saved and planned for the trip?
Or do you go ahead with it anyway, knowing that is likely that you will lose money, rather than make it but still provide the opportunity for your members?
Wherever or whoever these folks may be, hackers are a soulless bunch; it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are or what you do. If you are on the internet, if you have a website, if you do social media, you are a possible target. Whether they steal information, corrupt your site, or infiltrate your databases, the damage can be extensive and expensive.