If you think you are good to go on security, you may be surprised. Just because you have all your security ducks in the proverbial row, doesn’t mean you are safe. There could be holes that you do not know exist. This would be impossible to know because in reality, you would not be able to see them. There can be holes in the security of your suppliers, partners, and others in your chain that are unbeknownst to you, but just as dangerous as if they were in your own system. How can you practically protect yourself against what you cannot see?
Start at Home
First, make every effort to ensure your own security systems are top notch. Your systems should be tested and controlled by a reputable security company. If they do not monitor and test, they are not doing what they should.
You need to know that they are keeping tabs on things on a regular basis. There should be no “install and walk-away” type work. For added control, consider having a separate, independent company do a test of controls as well.
Also, limit the amount of information those in your chain have access to. Make sure they only get what they absolutely have to have to serve you well.
Where’s the Risk?
Once you know you have all your own security bases covered, look for other risk areas that you do not have control over. These will include basically anyone you do business will that has any type of access to your system. Ironically, this would also be your small business security provider.
Carefully consider all delivery services, manufacturers, suppliers, and anyone else in your chain, that have sensitive information related to your business. Now consider everyone in their chain that could be hacked, giving the hackers access to those in your chain, and then back to you. You see the issue?
Enforcement and Control
Obviously you cannot, and should not, try to maintain control of all of these security systems. You can, however, ask those in your chain for assurance of their controls, and ask to see a list of those companies in their chains. Spot check occasionally for weak links, and if you find one, let them know. Choose not to do business with them if they refuse to rectify the situation.
While it is unlikely any business will ever be air tight, it is the responsibility of all business owners to at least be aware of this often unseen risk and do their best to shore up the leaks. It may cost more in time and money than remaining blissfully oblivious, but not more than a major breach.
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