The news is full of stories about the Chinese and the Russians hacking businesses, but the question is whether you, as a small business owner, need to be concerned.
We’re going to outline some thinking points, and you can think about them.
We are going to try to write this from the standpoint of our average client of 50 employees and $5 million in annual revenues.
- Do you have any enemies that would want to harm your company, such as disgruntled former employees? An example would be a former employee that took you to court for back wages, or reinstatement during the COVID crisis.
- Do you have any corporate secrets that someone in some foreign country or even this country would want enough to hack your computers or cell phones? For example, do you do any classified work for the Defense Department or other agencies?
- What kind of protection do you have on your computer network in your office or any remote locations that you have? What carrier to you use for communications? Do they have any security? Note that T Mobile just had it’s entire 52 million person customer list hacked. They clearly have problems. Wireless networks might be more vulnerable.
- Can you think of any other vulnerabilities that your business might have?
That’s all for the moment.