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Jan 24, 201911:54 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Betting against the house, only worse!

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Of course, all action becomes reactive under these scenarios — more expensive and less effective than taking a proactive stance. Often the damage is done and hopefully it’s “just” the loss of a contract or a little cash, as opposed to the entire company.

This is incredibly disappointing to me because it’s so easy to be proactive. Everyone should engage a professional guide. The right firm will help you act faster, cheaper, and more effectively than any internal resource. First steps cost much less than $10,000. If someone wants to charge you more than that for an initial screen, find another resource! They either don’t know what they’re doing or they’re working on the wrong things. Next, if you’re a DoD supplier, use your guide to become compliant with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

If you’re not required to comply with the Framework, please act anyway. Every company should take four critical actions:

  1. Install an effective firewall. Think of it as a security fence around your systems.
  2. Use multifactor authentication. Usernames and passwords are better than no protection at all, but not much!
  3. Run current software and install the updates. Pack away the Windows XP and its ilk.
  4. Train your employees. They want to do a good job for you. Help them understand the threat and how to identify various attacks. Lessen the likelihood someone will inadvertently make a mistake.

Experts tell us that taking these four steps neutralizes 75 to 85 percent of cyberthreats and provides the opportunity to address more complicated threats.

It rarely makes sense to bet the farm on anything in life. It should never be done when there is nothing meaningful to be gained. We know that’s true in the casino. It’s certainly true with cybersecurity.

Bet on it!

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Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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