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Information Security: The concerns are real. Don’t make these mistakes.

Information security should be a crucial part of every organizations risk management plan and if it’s not, then you could be in for a surprise down the road. Hope isn’t lost though. In a matter of minutes you can find a plethora of IT risk assessment information by simply google searching “Information security risk assessments”.

Relaxed information security can result in a multitude of problems including: viruses, ransomware, intellectual property loss and much more. Each of those items can be extremely costly. Recovery might mean that you lost a month of data, that you were forced to pay a ransom to unlock your files, or that you were losing valuable research, and you may never know it was stolen.

Do this…

  • Search for Information Security firm that can audit your systems and risk levels
  • Get multiple quotes, because some firms massively overcharge for services
  • Understand that your personnel is your biggest vulnerability, build a training plan, and execute that plan
  • Use complex passwords or passphrases
  • Set up 2-factor authentication
  • Set up auto sign out on computers, so PC’s left unattended get locked.


Don’t do this…

  • Don’t hire the first firm you speak to. Firms that are targeting your executives and non-IT staff to give security presentations are simply trying to drum up business through fear. They may do a good job, but will likely charge you double or triple.
  • Don’t make exceptions for training or security. Provide training from entry level employees all the way to the CEO.
  • Do not ignore updates.
  • Don’t click on email links from unknown sources
  • Don’t install unauthorized software

Nick Phillips

As Director of Information Services, Nick manages Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Whip Mix’s Enterprise Resource Planning software. He is responsible for the internal support of hardware and software updates, enhancements, and development. Nick’s background is in software development. His goal is to streamline the day-to-day tasks that maintain Whip Mix’s standing as a market leader.