Protecting yourself with the latest technology from thieves and hackers may appear to be a simple task. The truth is that having an apathetic attitude can leave you or your business extremely vulnerable.
Thanks to the media, those of us who use electronic storage are aware that most computer programmes can be decoded, hacked, stolen, copied and generally, invaded. Common sense tells most of us that we know what the aforementioned activities look like. Or so we think.
What is the reality? How can the hard working business protect itself from nefarious activities designed to be detrimental to success? Do they need to use the latest technology or have the criminal fraternity beaten them to it. Let’s start with the basics. Firstly, most people recognise a normal recording device, such as a data stick. True. Secondly, the film industry and sometimes our general life experience have educated us in what furtive behaviour looks and sounds like. You agree. Therefore, the average member of the public might think they can successfully perform their own version of surveillance and protection, i.e without specialist equipment and certainly without utilising the latest equipment. They are wrong. They are wrong because to stay ahead of the game, one has to know when technology has changed the boundaries. For example, business X threw out a computer hard drive from which everything has been deleted. Or had it. Recovering deleted data is easily undertaken by purchasing simple spyware such as a data recovery tool. Retrieving deleted text messages is also simple using the latest inexpensive equipment.
There have been many famous cases of industrial espionage, some more complicated to prove than others. A quick search around the internet reveals the names of supersize companies who have fallen prey to those who used the latest technology to steal multimillion pound assets. Ideas are assets. So how are those of us in smaller businesses supposed to realistically protect ourselves. It is all about risk assessment. The key step for any business is to appraise themselves of potential competition and then check for weak areas within their own. It is simply a case of strengthening the aforementioned weak areas and protecting them. Protecting with a capital P. This means a business being aware of the latest spyware equipment and measure its cost against the potential risk. It stands to reason that if your business produces a standard product, for example a toilet roll, it is most unlikely that anyone will spend many pounds or Euros on the latest spyware in order to steal it – unless you have the designs for an everlasting toilet roll of course. The majority of criminals are unable to stay ahead of companies who use appropriate levels of protection provided by the latest technology. Indeed, the knowledge that a business possesses the latest technology is often enough to prevent criminal activity, the fear of being caught being a great preventer.
Of course, the latest technology is of no use if you forget the simple rules – like the millionaire who installed a super deluxe alarm system in his beautiful barn conversion, then went off to the clay shoot in the next village. On his return, not only had valuables been removed, but the rooms within his beautiful home had been trashed and his beloved dog and her pups were missing. A simple press of a button could have prevented his loss. Common sense and technology together create a great spyware partnership.