Cybersecurity and espionage. The components of classical espionage – obtaining privileged information, overcoming multiple levels of security, and protecting the source of the information – also apply to cybersecurity. This interesting information came to us from The Cipher Brief in their article, “The Intelligence Community’s Lexicon of Risk.”

It is important to know the risk in any situation. To adequately protect the valuable data in your responsibility you have to ask yourself important question to ascertain the risk.

  • What are the known threats to my information architecture?
  • What is the security status of my network?
  • Are my defenses up-to-date and adequate?
  • What is the security status of the people I have employed to manage my network?

Don’t ignore the importance of this evaluation. On average, protecting against cyberattacks cost $11.7 million a year for businesses, which is a 23 percent increase from $9.5 million in cybercrime-related spending last year. This should be taken seriously. Protecting against cybercrime is expensive but not as much as the alternative.

Melody K. Smith

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