Ready to feel insecure?
When a business gets hacked, it costs them $4 million dollars on average. Sixty-three percent of all businesses that are hacked go out of business. And there are 100 million daily “hack attacks” in Utah.
“It’s the kiss of death,” says Jeffrey Lush, founder of BAP, a company with offices in Utah County and the East Coast that is focused on cyber security solutions (BAP stands for Build. Analyze. Protect.). “Most people consider cyber protection an afterthought. But it’s 2018, and you cannot be satisfied with your own ignorance.”
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be virtually all doom and gloom. Lush shared with BusinessQ these five hints to protect your business from hacks and attacks.
1. All for one + One for all
Cyber security isn’t just for the elite.
“Security is security,” Lush says. “People often think cyber security is reserved for those who have to be compliant. But it’s for everyone. The market is wide.”
Industries that need to be extra alert: health care, public agencies, federal and state agencies, educational institutions, and insurance.
2. Guess not
When it comes to cyber security, avoid assumptions. “You can never assume you’re safe,” Lush says. “Get educated. It’s a very confusing world.”
3. The home front
New golden rule: Treat your business like you treat your house.
“When I go home at night, I lock the doors, lock the windows, and set the alarm,” Lush says.
Shouldn’t we do the same with our businesses on a virtual scale?
4. The big picture
Let’s take the home analogy a step further, shall we?
“During the evening, the dog barks. I wake up the next morning, and there are suspicious footprints in front of the windows. Then I see the windows have been tampered with. Someone was trying to break into my house!” Lush says. “In IT, we see the dog — we see where the problem is. And then we can make an evaluation with the dog, the windows and the footprints. We have visibility of the entire system — not just individual components. Secure your entire home! Don’t just wonder why the dog is barking.”
5. Pass(word) the test
Can we tell you a secret? For the love of all that is hackable, stop using the same password for everything.
“The password is the No. 1 way a cyber criminal [will take advantage of your business].”
Lush suggests using a free password manager program like LastPass to keep all of your passwords straight.
“It’s frightening how many corporations use ‘password’ as the password,” he says.
At a Glance
Jeffrey Lush’s resume has been varied + vibrant. He is a U.S. Army Veteran with 34 years serving the U.S. Federal government Information Technology efforts. Below are just a few of his current and past roles.
- Chair for Cyber-Security, Trump Administration Advisory Council for IT Modernization Act
- CTO, US Federal Agencies Division of Hewlett-Packard
- CTO, Federal Division of Dell
- Executive CTO, US Department of Veterans Affairs