With our increasingly interconnected and technologically-driven world, companies are relying heavily on their IT systems and focusing on cyber security of their digital data to keep running.
Businesses are becoming more focused on cyber security and who has access to sensitive company data. But their biggest threat is an angry or disgruntled IT person holding company data and tech at ransom.
The theft of valuable data can have devastating consequences, ranging from financial losses to reputational damages. It’s crucial that companies have robust security measures in place to prevent that from happening and to have a contingency plan in place if a threat ever arises.
But why would they do this? Here are a few scenarios:
Disgruntled employees: An IT employee who is unhappy with their job or is dissatisfied with their salary or other work-related issues may be inclined to hold the company’s data hostage to vent their frustrations.
Revenge: In some cases, an IT employee may hold the company’s data hostage to get back at their employer for perceived wrongs, such as being passed up for promotion or being fired.
Financial gain: In some situations, an IT employee may hold the company’s data hostage in exchange for a ransom payment. This type of cyber attack is known as a “ransomware attack,” where the hacker encrypts the company’s data and demands payment to release it.
Malicious intent: Some IT employees may hold the company’s data hostage out of malice or for the thrill of causing chaos and disruption to the business.
While most IT personnel have good intentions, it’s crucial to have measures in place to protect your employees and company from the few bad apples. One way to do this is by hiring a fully managed IT company, which offers several benefits over a single IT person. For starters, managed IT companies usually have larger teams of skilled professionals with diverse expertise, allowing them to handle complex and varied IT issues more effectively. Unlike individual IT providers, a fully managed IT company can immediately replace a team member that may have quit. Meaning, your business is still running smoothly without missing a beat. They also have access to the latest technologies and software, which may be too expensive for an individual IT person to procure. Additionally, managed IT companies provide 24/7 monitoring and support, ensuring prompt detection and resolution of any issues, which minimizes downtime and reduces the risk of data loss or security breaches. Moreover, a managed IT company offers a more scalable solution, able to adapt to your company’s changing IT needs and requirements, while a single IT person may struggle to keep up with the ever-evolving technological landscape. It’s also important to look for warning signs in your current IT personnel. You can read this article here to learn more about what to look out for.
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