Behavioral Science: The business owner’s best friend when it comes to cyber security.

There are a number of myths around cyber security and how it impacts the small business owner. I hear things like “I’m too small, no one will care about me.” Or “I don’t have anything people would want.” These are most likely true statements if your vision of cyber crime is one of a hacker sitting at a keyboard trying to break into high value targets and commit corporate espionage. Unfortunately, that is now the exception not the rule.

Software has allowed cyber crime to reach mass production scales. It is now cheaper than ever to launch generic cyber attacks through BOTs and Scripts. In a future post, we will talk about this in depth.

Small business owners… there are computer programs and very smart people out there hunting you. They are doing this because you do have something they want. Money.

What do you do when you know you’ve lost the cyber arms race?

Change the rules.

Enter behavioral science! It doesn’t take much to secure your environments, but the real risk isn’t hackers breaching your infrastructure. The real risk is you and your employees inviting the bad guys in. Change your behaviors and you change the game.

Your take away?

You don’t have to be a victim. You do have control of the outcome. You can protect yourself.

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is the author of Built to Survive: A Business Person's Guide on How to Recover and Thrive After a Cyber Attack. Adam’s 15 years of entrepreneurial startup experience and his knowledge Enterprise Cyber Defense gives him a window into what’s wrong with communication between large and small companies. He combined this knowledge and the good works from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Framework to co-author the book “Small Business Cyber Security”. This book was later turned into an online class by Clemson University. Adam has been active in peer advisory boards for small business CEOs. He took this experience and co-founded a peer advisory board for Chief Security Officers of fortune 500 companies. This mix of small and large businesses has positioned Adam as one of the few people in the world to understand the complete supply chain of cyber security.
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