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In cyber-security, you are your own worst enemy

Joe Mont | October 3, 2017

Every few weeks or so, a big company gets into big trouble following a big data breach.

In the aftermath, we see collective hand wringing about what the company, its executives, and its board of directors did wrong of failed to do at all.

Pro tip: Many of you are doing cyber-security wrong.

That is not to imply that the effort isn’t there. We aren’t accusing corporate America, en masse, of merely performing cursory oversight or superficial checklist wrangling.

Consider, however, that nearly every company to make cyber-headlines has had the unenviable, accompanying controversies of what they either did not do or did wrong. “So,” the cocky IT guy might say, “we don’t have those headlines because our defenses are superior.”

Perhaps, but it is just as likely is that you just haven’t had a breach dragged into the public spotlight yet. Everybody, potentially, has make mistakes when it comes to cyber-security otherwise the hits wouldn’t keep on...

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