It’s no surprise to find out that most organizations drastically underspend on information and communications technology, but some are more famously adverse – or ignorant – to the necessity of a solid IT foundation. Apart from the day-to-day aspects of a cohesive IT structure, the importance of defending an organization’s vital customer records, transaction details, and employee data is not only a legal responsibility, it’s an ethical and moral one.
Due to the increase in technology aimed at medical professionals and healthcare, it’s important to have a core backbone of solid IT infrastructure to support high-end equipment and devices while treating patients. HIPAA regulations and compliance aside, the most important thing a hospital, clinic, or medical spa can do to protect their patients’ sensitive data and prevent loss is to devise a strong, up-to-date IT security solution. Only then can they truly say they’re doing all they can for those who trust them with their medical care.
Attorneys and Law Firms
The importance of security and reliable infrastructure in the legal world shouldn’t be a difficult argument to make. Yet numerous high-profile law firms have been hacked in recent months – presumably in effort to gather information on the clients they’ve sworn to protect. Aside from ensuring cybersecurity standards are up to par, small-to-medium-sized law firms have an obligation to routinely and thoroughly assess and update their IT training and best-practices to avoid falling prey to phishing schemes and scams that can circumvent even the tightest security standards.
The nature of nonprofits lends itself well to the public sector, but transparency and openness can also be an invitation to hackers looking to exploit donors and organizations alike. Locked away in a nonprofit’s information technology are more substantial prizes for hackers than an organization may realize – or budget toward protecting. Tax details, payment information, and even social security numbers may be up for grabs and nonprofit organizations may not even realize how vulnerable they are.
Did you know that 70% of small businesses that experience a data loss won’t recover? Whether it’s due to incompetence, ignorance, or a combination of both, small business owners who don’t account for their firm’s cybersecurity and data backup processes are simply inviting trouble. In a world where cyber terror and hacking has resulted in over $400 billion in losses per year, small businesses can’t afford to underfund their IT and cybersecurity efforts in the future.