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What Happens Once We Hit Send

Most of us don’t realize how deeply connected we are online. Everyone knows the dangers lurking in cyberspace, yet we pay scant attention to what happens once we hit send. If we think of it at all, it’s usually “it’ll   happen to someone else”.

Consider this real-life scenario

You receive an account statement via email. There’s a *.pdf attachment with your full contact information, account numbers, reference to your banks and the credit card used for your last transaction.

Can you spot the threat here? Email as a means of communication is a significant point of failure. The importance of protecting data once it leaves you is key since you really know it’s fate once its released.

In the scenario, interception will have grave consequences. We can safely conclude someone’s personally identifiable information will be stolen. This is almost a certainty, why would it be intercepted otherwise?

Just for good measure, let’s go a bit further. Should our perpetrator have a few minutes to spare there’s lots more he could do. Before spending his victim’s money, why not use all that handy information to backtrack into the financial institution’s network.  There’s more than enough personal information to use social engineering for a soft approach. Since the company finds this practice acceptable, we can conclude there are other fundamental gaps in their information security policies.

Prevention starts with knowledge

Employee awareness is critically important but doesn’t need to be a financial strain. An environment where everyone knows what to look for in a cyber-attack has a better chance of avoiding infiltration from threats like PHISHING attempts and RANSOMWARE.

Studies show that repairing damage to a company’s network and reputation can be more costly than the breach. Information security should be the responsibility of every employee.

Your responsibility

Next meeting, raise your hand, ask these two questions at the highest management level you can reach.

  • “How much is our data worth?”
  • “What are we doing to protect our data and our clients’ private information?”

Next performance appraisal, mention basic cyber awareness training as part of your personal development goals.

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Gregory Blackett

Gregory Blackett is BB Biz Network, a Barbados based service “Creating Business Networks through Social Media”. He is the first local holder of the City and Guilds Diploma in Social Media for Business and is passionate about taking the concept of ‘social media for business’ to the next level across the Caribbean.

BB Biz Network specializes in social media management, consultation and customized digital marketing solutions. Through the network, they connect small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop relationships and opportunities between local, regional and international entities leveraging social media as an effective business development tool.

Through his work with Advantage Caribbean Institute Ltd he helps the regional business communities develop and empower their employees through learning. Their wide range of training material is also available to individuals seeking to build their current knowledge base or develop new skill sets.

Gregory possesses a broad range of knowledge and experience, spending over twenty years in retail banking and information technology administration and support. He’s a certified PADI rescue diver, an occasional home chef and amateur photographer.

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