As business operations are increasingly conducted online, businesses in all industries are becoming more susceptible to cybersecurity breaches. I was recently invited to discuss cybersecurity concerns and best practices for real estate agents on Real Estate Radio, a show broadcast on CBS Radio 94.9FM here in Connecticut and hosted by One and Company Real Estate’s Byron Lazine and financial planner Pat Kenny. Our discussion wound up being quite universal and applicable to almost any industry. Here are some of the highlights of my interview with Byron and Pat. Below, you’ll find the full transcript and audio of the conversation.
This fall, the State of Connecticut announced a cybersecurity action plan. In order to learn more about this--and the state of cybersecurity in Connecticut in general--we reached out to Arthur House, Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut. He was gracious enough to fill us in on a wide variety of topics from how Connecticut’s towns and cities are battling hackers, to why countries like Ukraine are looking to CT for guidance on cybersecurity.
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Last week, the FCC voted to end Net Neutrality. I was invited on Fox61 to talk about this issue. Since it's a lot to fit into a four-minute segment, I thought I'd offer some additional thoughts here.
Infinidat has recently released version 4.0 of it's InfiniBox software, the brains behind its speedy, massive, hybrid flash/hard-disk storage arrays. What’s the big deal? A hybrid storage array that meets or beats all-flash arrays on all their traditional strong points, at the cost you’d expect from inexpensive spinning-disk arrays, plus seven nines reliability and super-fast synchronous data replication so that no data is ever at risk of being lost. As more companies discover the benefits of InfiniBox, the notion that all-flash arrays are suitable for high-performance storage may prove to be just another flash in the pan.
Given the current cyber threat landscape, we think it’s a good time to talk about what to actually do about cybersecurity. After all, though you likely hear about a new data breach or critical vulnerability every other week, awareness without action isn’t much use! Before we dive in, however, let’s talk about some thought patterns we often see that prevent companies from taking effective action on cybersecurity.
Equifax made some serious mishaps lately, both technically and incident response. What’s really disturbing: while this is the largest, this is not an isolated incident. We won’t cover the details here, since there are plenty of sources where you can find information about the breach, its consequences, and what has happened after that. What we will cover is some thoughts around what we can all learn from the events leading up to, during, and after the breach. At Kelser, we don’t want any company to fall victim to the same incident and aftermath that Equifax did. We match our recommendations to our clients’ business objectives, establishing a comprehensive and multi-layered strategy to manage risk before, during and after a cybersecurity incident.
Backing up your data is a necessity. There are simply too many ways in which data can be lost, ransomed, or compromised in some way. Your original information can get deleted - by accident or on purpose. Your system or network can fail. A hurricane or tornado can strike. That’s why you have another copy safe and sound. It’s why you also have a disaster recovery plan in place to make sure your data is safe. You do have a disaster recovery plan, right?
Why you need an IT consultant is the same reason why you need innovation at the workplace—the sustained protection and growth of your company. In a fast-paced world of increased consumer choice and quick-moving competitors, innovation through use of technology isn’t just a nice thing to have; it’s essential for growth. Many organizations don’t have the time or resources to achieve technological gains in house. They usually have other day-to-day responsibilities that consume their time leaving little left to think about innovative strategies to tackle their IT challenges. Technology, when applied properly, doesn’t just benefit the IT department—it helps every part of the business run more smoothly and achieve at a higher level.