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A recent panel discussion on Cyber Security, hosted by the Western New York Business Leadership Forum, was held Tuesday morning in the Burchfield Penney Art center. The panel discussion, "The Invisible War: Securing Your Technology and Preventing Cyber Risks," aimed to explore and outline the main threats to businesses' electronic data.
Digits LLC's CEO and cofounder, Michael McCartney, and three other experts outlined the main threats to businesses' electronic data as well as detailed the best practices companies can follow to protect their corporate secrets and their customers' information.
The panel of experts emphasized to companies that having information security policies, keeping track of what employees are doing on company equipment and networks, as well as have insurance coverage for security breaches are a good practice to have.
B. Kevin Burke Jr., a litigation partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel law firm, says that IT thieves, "typically take the information that was given to them as part of their job."
The experts agree that although there are exterior threats from international and domestic professional hackers, most problems are developed through internal threats. Digits LLC CEO Michael McCartney claims that the existing culprits who intentionally steal company information can range from disgruntled employees to "knuckleheads" who accidentally place the firm at risk.
McCartney also advocated to employers to make sure they know exactly what employees are doing on the company's computer network and company owned desktops, laptops, and smart-phones, even if periodic forensic inspections are required.