I‘ll come right out and say it at the beginning. Your business is going to get hacked. Probably this year. The numbers are sobering. But, effective appraisal office cyber security is not something that you have to throw up your hands and say, “There’s nothing I can do.” There are many ways to address the problem. It is not a costly, labor-intensive task either. In fact, it’s pretty easy and very inexpensive. However, the alternative IS VERY EXPENSIVE.
Some facts consider:
Avoid the temptation to crawl into your closet and lay on the floor in the fetal position. There are things small businesses can do that actually make a tremendous difference.
First, its important to explain some of the terminology of office cyber security. There are 4 basic types of cyber attacks:
Like all security, the bad actors will look for the path of least resistance. We all know to lock our car doors and not leave valuables on the seat in plain view. Likewise, there are common sense steps we can take with appraisal office cyber security as well. For example, manage your passwords by not using the same one everywhere. Don’t write them on a sticky-note attached to your computer monitor. The easiest and safest way to manage passwords is using a password management tool. One great option is LastPass. But, it’s not the only one. These types of products offer a web app and a mobile app. You can store your passwords safely, they help you create complex passwords when you set up new accounts, and they even have a way to safely share a password with others. If your passwords are not easily guessed, that’s a big start.
With all the best software in the world, there is still one giant cyber security weak link…us. It used to be referred to as a ‘con’ and now has the term, “social engineering.” Today, it means the same thing. People use some combination of deception and/or charm to convince others to disclose personal information. It can be credit card numbers, social security numbers, passwords, or simply to unlock an office. Solve this problem with training. There’s an excellent service called KnowBe4. They use corny but effective videos and simulated “phishing” emails to train employees to stay vigilant about security.
This is just a start. So, take the opportunity to consider a password manager, and some training for your office. They are easy steps to improve your appraisal office cyber security. In the next blog, I’ll dig deeper. Learn more ways you can make big improvements to your security for a small investment in time. In the meantime, if you are in Denver for the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference July 22nd-24, t the Appraisal Institute’s 2019 Annual Conference in Denver, I lead a session called “Office Security: One Click Away From Catastrophe.” Join the session and then stop by the booth to meet with the realquantum team.
Mark is a consulting software architect who guides enterprises in technology selection, architectural strategy and new development. He’s the rare individual who can talk technology “in the weeds” with the best engineers and turn around to talk vision and strategy with business leaders. Mark is a servant-leader with a passion for creating successful customers and successful employees. So, it is this vision that is at the foundation of realquantum.
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