Cyber Security: The Ugly Truth

Let’s discuss the ugly truth of cyber security. Right now, many business leaders and our government view cyber security as an inconvenience rather than a necessity. In order for leaders in the public and private sector to view cyber security as a necessity, a devastating or drastic cyber security event has to occur first. In other words, a cyber security event must be severe enough to cause actual harm to human life before we will truly and fully embrace the widespread adoption of cyber security.

It’s our human nature to see how far we can push the envelope. This is no different in business or in government. The leadership in the public and private sector must find an acceptable level risk.

Call to Action for Security in 2015

2014 proved to be a very challenging year for many corporations from a security perspective. Look no further than some of the entities listed below that made a wave in the news headlines.

  • P.F. Chang – 33 restaurants compromised
  • Sally Beauty – 25,000 payment cards compromised
  • Michaels Stores – Roughly 3 million debit and credit cards were compromised
  • Goodwill Industries – Nearly 330 locations and some 868,000 cards compromised
  • Jimmy John’s – 216 stores throughout the nation, compromised
  • Neiman Marcus – An estimated 350,000 payment cards compromised
  • The Home Depot – A whopping 56 million cards were compromised
  • Target Corporation – A jaw-dropping number, an estimated 70 million cards were compromised
  • JPMorgan Chase – An estimated 76 million small businesses