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Cybersecurity in Local Communities

Increasing Relevance

Many organizations with a digital presence will agree that information is one of their most valued resources, with internal trade secrets and sensitive customer data being the highest order. These organizations inhabit nearly every sector and every segment of the market, regardless of location or level of public scrutiny.

As technology evolves, stratification occurs within systems and tools which leads to greater variability and unpredictability over time. Modules and protocols developed years apart and from engineers across the world are continuously integrated and updated independently of each other. This means that the pressure exerted on businesses increases from the in-side as well as the out-side.

Have you been involved with an attack before? The numbers are growing. It can be difficult to hold a discussion on Cybersecurity without hearing more than a few survival stories. It may surprise many to hear that small and mid-sized businesses are a more attractive target for would-be attackers.

Here's a recent story: Ada Bible Breach (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

Many Specialties

One of the challenges to developing a holistic security strategy is considering the many facets involved. Security strategy can involve a wide-range of specialized areas, from VoIP Systems to Infrastructure, from Cloud to On-Site security measures. 

Determining in which areas your organization has and hasn’t had adequate measures delivered will aid in restoring any gaps. Each of these important areas calls for a trained eye, but your security strategy should require centralized controls to ensure consistency from area to area.

Finding Solutions

Protecting your brand and information is critical - even in local environments such as Grand Rapids, MI.

Developing sound strategy takes time and input from many stakeholders (leadership, 3rd parties, etc), but will address the following areas:

  • Deterrence, Obstruction, and Termination of threats
  • Tracing and handling of attacks (Cyber and Digital Forensics)
  • Implementation of best practices and standards
  • Brand and PR impacts
  • Legal compliance

Ultimately, your definition for “adequate” security, the depth and breadth of your security controls, and the extent of your testing will determine your level of security coverage. Complete coverage may not be feasible today, but commensurate coverage is only a matter of time.