The reason we wear our seat belts is not to avoid getting a ticket from the police, but rather to avoid a potential injury in a car accident. This analogy is an easy way to describe the difference between box-checking security and real security, and it's instantly understood regardless of technical knowledge. This message resonates with executives, because they typically prefer to “get to the point” and correctly protecting their data is “the point” of cybersecurity.
Having the right technology should be part of your cybersecurity strategy – but it’s not the only part (and maybe not even the most important part). As an organization’s most valuable asset, investing in people to improve cybersecurity can provide a line of defense that’s tough to find from software or technology.
More than 200 IT and technology leaders from hospitals, schools, and businesses in eastern Iowa came together last month at the Business Technology Conference in Coralville, Iowa – hosted by systems integration firm CEC (Communications Engineering Company) – to learn about new technology and how it can improve processes, profit, and efficiency.
Many types of technology were showcased at the event, but there were plenty of conversations about cybersecurity.
Not because budding entrepreneurs haven’t heard the horror stories, but it seldom ranks highly among things that directly generate cash or hurry a company to market. Like so many other priorities, cybersecurity often falls to the wayside in the early business stages.