Know What You Are Putting in Your Network

Every business really needs to assess new technologies and the true requirement to use them before implementation.  Typically, a business looks at the ability of the technology or tool to create an efficiency. However, assessments on vulnerability and negative impact through failure is ignored.  

It is hard enough to build and maintain a business.  Planting landmines in your own environment don’t make it easier.  Businesses often fail to assess their mobile and wireless tech platforms such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and BLE.  While the business is going in one side of an available platform to gain a capability, someone with nefarious intentions could be entering the other side to undermine its integrity.  Uninformed businesses are bound to encounter hacks and a plethora of cyber-attacks. They all do, some are just not aware, and others are able to lower the risk of a successful attack.  This is the reason why both of data protection structure and risk profile need to be assessed simultaneously. It will not avoid all threats to the company or institution, but a business enhances resilience should an attack occur.

Sensing Danger

Businesses must comprehend the fact that sensors are used primarily for their accuracy while wireless platforms are utilized for their ranges and overall influence.  Once the business owner, entrepreneur, or CEO recognize these subtle differences, they will be in a position to run their operations and maintain a secure cyber environment.  Also, the entrepreneur must adjust their company according to the new technological improvement and evolving threat landscape. Awareness is a key to surviving in the new digital business world.

The strategic implementation of new technologies could shut down known hacks and pathways for hackers and cybercriminals.  Examples of these new and improved emerging technologies that could open your doors to hackers include facial recognition, tag readers, GPS tracking and Big Data Analysis as it merges with IoT.  All of these technological tools and devices have come into prominence in recent times and are being used widely by planners, police forces and law enforcement authorities. Many are being experimented with as ways of allowing invisible security, so you move more freely.  

While they offer a definitive way to track and identify the inflow and outflow of information, they can be dangerous when compromised by malware and other forms of malicious software. Hackers can use this state-of-the-art software and data tracking structures to control the inner operations of a company and blackmail them for monetary gains.  The company could, in fact, even become dependent on these hackers if they find a way to penetrate these devices and networks. Kind of like the mob offering protection for a fee, while giving you an offer you can’t refuse.

Dual-Use Technologies

Certain technologies, which include personal and smart home devices Amazon’s Alexa and Fitbit Flex trackers, have been proven to assist individuals, organizations and institutions alike.  Amazon’s Alexa virtual support system has listening capabilities and accurately guides buyers to their desired product. However, the access provided these devices opens doors and as a business owner there are people you would never want to come through them.  This is why all businessmen must be wary in these advanced technology times. Keeping a strict check on security data provided by Homeland Security and other white hats about every platform or device helps to continuously lower risks.

But technology like Fitbit’s Flex Tracker has also been used to solve murder mysteries, the police access provides a glimpse of potential hacker access.  As the murder story goes, the Fitbit tracker records were used to understand the movement of the murdered woman. The device was never meant to be a security device but served that purpose in this instance.  The police were able to draft a timeline and apprehend the killer who turned out to be the victim’s husband. As a result, justice was served. However, we now have another use case supporting and allowing the trampling of our privacy.  The link between cybersecurity and privacy are strong. Your rights to privacy are meant to keep everyone out unless you provide access to data.

This potential of having data revealed to law enforcement has contributed to the hesitance of businesses to take advantage of some enabling technologies.  Interestingly, companies are more worried about the government and law enforcement viewing their activities and databases than they are hackers. Whereas lawful practices are typically used by official entities, like a warrant, hackers gain access and take data without authorization.  

The fact is, every technological item and discovery come with its fair share of advantages and disadvantages.  Security depends upon the risk tolerance of individual running the business and their policies. Many times, automation, data analysis methods, and other forms of machine learning create uneasiness in the individual’s mind.  Most times, their job is not technology security and it eventually sinks low on the priority list. Therefore, all businesses should look for opportunities to stay aware, reconstitute data if it is stolen and keep the most important data segregated from interconnected systems that can digitally gain access.  

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