Do you remember that 80s movie, Weird Science? Two geeks created the prototype of the ideal woman. You had to be a big nerd to understand science that way.
Although today, we don’t particularly find that type of mechanization as enticing, technology has advanced at a dizzying pace. Before we learn how to use all of the features in a new cell phone, a more advanced version is released. You can buy groceries online. Apple TV, Netflix, and Hulu have changed the way we watch television. And hackers are getting so sophisticated, they have been able to infiltrate what were once thought to be ironclad security systems. Ransomware and Wannacry were surely the tip of the iceberg.
As recent as this past June, Wannacry was still affecting businesses; and even those who look like the good guys can end up turning around and posing security risks. This has caused an 87% increase in inquiries about cyber insurance. So yes, Houston, we have a problem.
One of the main concerns with this increase in cyber attacks is the fact that there is a shortage of IT professionals. And even within the waning pool of applicants for these type of jobs, there is a noteworthy skills gap. Trying to solve your data security problems with an IT person who’s not well equipped to do so, is the equivalent of using gauze pad for an injury that requires stitches.
What does this mean for your data security?
Our entire lives depend on the Internet. Between our smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT) installed on so many of our gadgets, we have tracking devices and cameras trained on us, recording everything we say and everything we do, at all times. We digitally store a wide spectrum of sensitive information: business trade secrets, financial records, social security numbers, banking statements, client files. If you don’t have an adequately trained IT professional ensuring that it’s all protected, you might as well go on vacation and leave all of your doors and windows open.
What can you do to protect your business?
Every day, hackers find new ways to infiltrate your cybersecurity systems. You should stay abreast of all new tech developments at the same rate (or even at a faster one) than they are. Soaring Eagle Consulting is an IT firm with sophisticated engineers with over 30 years of experience. Our CEO has authored 19 books on information technologies and is in the process of writing yet another one. This is because technology advances at a rapid pace, and it is imperative to stay updated with the most recent developments. We are extensively trained and we know what we’re doing. We don’t have the skills gap that is so prevalent in the industry.
When it comes to protecting your business, don’t play Russian roulette. Contact us and see what we can do for you.