Authored by summer associate Paul Hawkins
Cyber security is a hot topic in today’s news cycle. Whether it was the much-publicized Sony hack, or the very recent compromise of enormous amounts of highly sensitive U.S. government information, these types of incidents have been shown to be extremely costly to organizations. Today, private companies, large and small, cannot afford to fail to take the proper precautions in securing their own networks. A cyber attack can expose trade secrets, business strategies, and employees’ personally identifiable information. These attacks can lead to public embarrassment, lost profits, and litigation.
Preparedness is well over half the battle. The U.S. Department of Justice has provided a quick and accessible guide to both protecting your organization from attack, and responding to a network breach.
Below are some highlights of the D.O.J.’s recommendations:
These suggestions are only that—suggestions. However, as most businesses, regardless of size, move more and more to paperless record-keeping, cloud computing, and other digital means to carry out their operations, it behooves leaders to take the initiative and use all information at their disposal to get out in front of the hackers and corporate spies.
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