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Round Rock Expert Offers Advice on Cybersecurity
September 30, 2016
In today’s fast-paced workforce, technology is essential to a company’s advancement, but it can also pose security threats.
Jeff Floyd, a Round Rock-based cybersecurity expert, said some simple precautions can help business owners avoid putting their data at risk.
“A lot of small business owners think it’s not going to happen to them,” Floyd said. “But hackers are starting to target small businesses more and more because it’s assumed small businesses don’t have as many resources to protect their data as Fortune 500 companies do. Business owners must be absolutely diligent in keeping their data secure.”
He said routinely overlooked vulnerabilities are preventable.
“Does the owner know where their data is, and if there was a problem with that data, how to get it back,” Floyd asked. “Problems (include) ‘Oops, I accidentally deleted that file.’ A lot of us live and breathe on Excel and hit one wrong button and that data is gone.”
Routine backups are a prudent way of avoiding data loss of this sort. Then there is data vulnerability due to malicious intent.
“You’ve got an employee who is maybe not the best employee,” Floyd said, “Maybe they’re completely unhappy and they delete data for you. How do you get that back?”
A third type of data loss is due to virus and malware.
“Deleting or encrypting those files and being able to get that data back,” he said. “Most business if they lose their data in something like a ransomware attack, they’re out of business for three to six weeks. Having that data in a secure off-site location is key to being able to stay in business when something like that happens.”
Finally, he said, there is loss of data due to flood, fire or other natural causes.
“I’m shocked at how many places I walk into and passwords are on Post-It notes around the screen or under the keyboard,” Floyd said. “Certainly not a good idea or very secure.”
People tend to use the same password for multiple systems.
“The Yahoo breach brought that to light,” he said. “If you use the same password on Yahoo and other accounts, it’s not only important that you change the password on Yahoo, but that you change it everywhere else.”
He suggests people use different passwords for different systems.
“So that if your Yahoo account was hacked, and a password is breached or exposed, the hacker can’t go and get into the other systems easily,” Floyd said.
Business owners get many emails every day so in-box security is critical.
“If you don’t know the person sending an email and there’s an attachment, delete it,” Floyd said. “Don’t event attempt it to open it as it may very well be a phishing email or a ransomware attack.”
Floyd said he can further help business owners with their technology needs through his business, CMIT Solutions, which he describes as a “one-stop shop for small businesses with technology.”
For more information, visit cmitsolutions.com/cmit-solutions-of-round-rock/ or call 512-628-9507.