Protecting The Culture Part 2

In health and home, we buy insurance. Why? Because the costs of care without insurance are enormous. Individual medical procedures can cost from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We cannot always anticipate when things go wrong but we can help take the bite out of costs with preparedness.


One of the five basic survival skills is first aid. When you need it is not the time to consider the training you should have taken. Having children in the home makes first aid training a must. Yet so many people depend on living close to some sort of medical facility and forego the training. But what if there isn’t a facility nearby?


Storm or fire damage to our homes can be devastating. Protecting the family in extreme measures is crucial and requires planning and training. Fire extinguishers, the knowledge to use them, and kept in a dedicated place can minimize the damage of small fires.

Practicing an exit route and regathering location can save lives, including those of your rescuers. In the aftermath, insurance and a backup plan can get the recovery process going immediately.


Your business is no different. You plan each day/week/month for success and growth. You plan for shipping and receiving, days on and days off, calls and meetings and meetings for more meetings, and on and on.


Somewhere down the line, someone has planned for insurance for employees, insurance for legal matters, and insurance for the business itself. Yet somehow planning for cybercrime is nowhere in the budget.


The costs of cyberattacks rise about 15% annually. According to the FBI, the cost of cybercrime in the US was $3.5 billion in 2019. In 2020, it rose to $4.2 billion. That includes an average of 50 days for recovery. Experts predict by 2025 industries globally could pay as much as $10.5 trillion USD annually for malicious exploits.


Smaller companies still hold the belief they are not as targeted by internet criminals as are larger companies. This simply is not true. Criminals often go for the easiest targets: that being unprotected, often unnoticed, companies.


“One in five small businesses fall victim to a cyberattack and of those, 60 percent go out of business in six months. And the data show that most small business owners don’t have a plan for a response if they’re hit.

That’s a problem because cyberattacks can range from mildly annoying to deeply destructive. Even the smallest can be costly and time-consuming. From phishing scams to data breaches, the average attack costs a business $9,000,” says the National Small Business Association.


More recommendations from the SBA can be found here.


Smaller companies can do several things to protect themselves. Cyber awareness training is a cost-effective prevention method that anyone can do. Things like proper password usage, how to avoid malware, safeguarding credentials, anti-virus protection, and speaking out when something seems off.


In a study by IBM, it was reported that 90% of breaches were due to human error.


(Source: X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2020)


Not all companies need the same protections. Some suggestions are

1. Cyber Awareness Training

2. Risk Assessment

3. Network Analysis

4. Cyber Insurance

5. MSP-Monitoring Service Provider


What you need depends on your business, assets, data, storage, etc., which is why an expert is necessary to determine these for you. Speak with a vCISO about what you have and what it will take to protect it. Many will offer free consultations and give different options to suit your needs.


The best thing you can do is ask someone who knows. The worst thing you can do is nothing.




In health and home, we buy insurance. Why? Because the costs of care without insurance are enormous. Individual medical procedures can cost from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We cannot always anticipate when things go wrong but we can help take the bite out of costs with preparedness.


One of the five basic survival skills is first aid. When you need it is not the time to consider the training you should have taken. Having children in the home makes first aid training a must. Yet so many people depend on living close to some sort of medical facility and forego the training. But what if there isn’t a facility nearby?


Storm or fire damage to our homes can be devastating. Protecting the family in extreme measures is crucial and requires planning and training. Fire extinguishers, the knowledge to use them, and kept in a dedicated place can minimize the damage of small fires.


Practicing an exit route and regathering location can save lives, including those of your rescuers. In the aftermath, insurance and a backup plan can get the recovery process going immediately.

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