Stupid or Irresponsible? - Victims of Cyberattacks
When you fall victim to a cyberattack through no fault of your own, will they call you stupid…or just irresponsible?
It’s extremely unfair, isn’t it? Victims of all other crimes – burglary, rape, mugging, carjacking, theft – get sympathy from others. They are called "victims” and support comes flooding in. But if your business is the victim of a cybercrime attack where client or patient data is compromised, you will NOT get such sympathy.
You will be instantly labeled as stupid or irresponsible. You will be investigated and questioned about what you did to prevent this from happening – and if the answer is not adequate, you can be found liable, facing serious fines and lawsuits EVEN IF you trusted an outsourced IT support company to protect you.
Claiming ignorance is not an acceptable defense
Unfortunately, this giant, expensive and reputation-destroying nightmare will land squarely on your shoulders. According to CA state laws, you will be required to tell your clients and/or patients that YOU exposed them to cybercriminals. Your competition will have a heyday over this. Clients will be irate and leave in droves. Employees will blame you. Your bank will not come to your rescue either, and unless you have a very specific type of crime insurance, any financial losses will be denied coverage by your general business liability policy.
We frequently get calls from business owners desperate for help after a ransomware attack, devastating virus, or even to clean up the aftermath of a disgruntled employee, who HAD an IT company that they trusted with the responsibility of protecting the business, but realized all too late they weren’t doing the job they were hired to do.
When it comes to protecting your company, you need to know for certain – without any lingering doubts – that you are doing everything you can to avoid being an easy target for cybercriminals. Most company owners who were hacked thought their IT guy "had things covered.”
As a business owner myself, I understand that you can’t do everything. Your time and resources are limited. You have to delegate and trust that your employees and vendors are doing the right thing – but it never hurts to check and validate that they are. It is always worth getting a second opinion. And that is what a Cybersecurity Assessment will do for you.
Ask your MSP for a Cybersecurity Assessment today.
Contact us to talk with one of our security experts about your company’s IT system’s security – we’ll be happy to talk with you over the phone, or meet with you in person if you prefer.